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Why Community Foundation of Whitley County?

Community Foundations are built on the idea that a substantial amount of money can be accumulated over time, from contributions large and small. This money is never spent, but instead, pooled and invested for long-term growth. The interest income earned by the Foundation supports a diverse array of interests including the arts, education, health, recreation, economic development, and human services.

  • Local:  Our Foundation is local, which means we can quickly recognize and effectively respond to local needs.
  • Flexible:  We welcome donor involvement in selecting worthy charities and causes to receive grants.
  • Permanent:  We help donors create individual and family legacies through endowment funds that grow and benefit our community forever. 
  • Simple:  We offer a simple means to fulfill multiple charitable interests with ease and low administrative costs.
  • Tax Savings:  We offer maximum tax savings on charitable contributions.
  • Transparent:  We comply with National Standards which assist community foundations in establishing legal, ethical, and effective operating practices that e accept a wide variety of gifts such as stock , real estate, and personal property.
  • Professional Management: The funds of the Community Foundation are invested and managed by professional investment managers. The Finance Committee of the Foundation review the performance of the managers on a regular basis to ensure the Foundation’s objectives are met.

Gifts that Pay You Income

There’s a way for you to support your cause and feel confident that you have dependable income in your retirement years. You can do this with a charitable gift annuity.

Private vs. Community Foundation

While foundation’s offer numerous benefits donors, not all donors can keep up with the demands required in hosting their own personal private foundation. That’s where we come in. The chart below describes the benefits we can offer your clients.

Private

  • Independent 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation or trust
  • Establish new entity requiring legal filings, board of directors, and administration; may take several months
  • Usually need substantial assets
  • Minimum annual charitable distribution - 5% of net investment assets
  • IRS information return (Form 990 PF)
  • Pay 1% to 2% on net investment income
  • Could result in significant cost to Donor

Community Foundation

  • A Donor Advised Fund within an existing community foundation 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization
  • Entity already exists - paperwork completed in a day
  • Can start an endowment with any amount - distributions begin at $10,000
  • No minimum distribution requirement as long as fund is active
  • No annual reporting requirements by the donor
  • No tax on investment income
  • Simple, and no cost to Donor!
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