Why give to FSACF?

Your charitable giving options are virtually unlimited with the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation. We take into account both your charitable interests and your personal needs. Then we identify your opportunities. Together, we can develop a plan that makes your philanthropic vision a reality. Creating a fund with FSACF gives you some distinct advantages:

  • Simplicity: One gift to FSACF can be used by the donor to provide support for a wide range of charitable organizations and interests.
  • Flexibility: If a charitable organization ceases to exist or if the intended purpose of a donor’s gift becomes unnecessary, FSACF will ensure that the gift continues to be used for purposes that are consistent with the donor’s intentions. Also, the size of a fund can be increased at any time through additional gifts.
  • Professional Management: High-caliber professional investment management allows for greater growth and lower costs, enabling larger charitable distributions.
  • Accountability: As a community foundation, FSACF is dedicated to serving the public interest. The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas, of which we are an affiliate, publishes its annual report and annual Form 990 on its website, which account for FSACF’s funds as well as CFSEK’s.

Donor Bill of Rights

PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.

VI. To be assured information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The Donor Bill of Rights was developed by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and Association of Fundraising Professionals. It has been endorsed by Independent Sector, National Catholic Development Conference, National Committee on Planned Giving, Council for Resource Development, and United Way of America.