Community foundations have earned the trust of thousands of professional advisors throughout the United States. Here’s why:
We work through you. You stay in control of your client relationships; we’re here to help you serve your clients’ charitable giving needs.
We partner with you. We provide support, information, and expertise related to charitable giving options.
We help you build stronger relationships. Studies show that many high net worth individuals are expecting to talk about giving as they make financial plans with their advisors. They will appreciate the charitable impact and tax advantages you help them achieve by working with a community foundation.
We help you connect across generations. When you help families establish Donor Advised Funds at their community foundation, you begin an ongoing process of involvement with current and future generations.
The community foundation is a global, impartial charity, established to improve and enrich the quality of life in the community.
When donors establish a fund through the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation, they are given a broad range of charitable options. The FSACF can manage any type of gift for any charitable purpose, offering everyone the opportunity to make a lasting contribution that directly benefits their community.
Clients who voice interest in giving through a charitable trust or a private foundation accomplish many of the same objectives by using their Community Foundation as a vehicle. They can direct funds into their own areas of interest and make recommendations for grants to charitable agencies of their choice.
- FLEXIBILITY– Many charitable organizations encourage planned giving, but that organization is the sole beneficiary of the gift. With their community foundation, on the other hand, donors can name multiple beneficiaries. The foundation keeps in close contact with nonprofit agencies throughout the local area, and their broad perspective and local knowledge assure that grants will always be targeted where they can do the most good.
- Many donors use their community foundation as a means of giving during their lifetimes and provide a charitable endowment after their deaths to support their charitable interests in perpetuity. There is a real, personal identification with the idea of “giving back.”
- ACCOUNTABILITY: The experienced and knowledgeable staff of our affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas, who shares a deep commitment to the well-being of the community, help find the best charitable organizations to fit each donor’s interests and objectives. Gifts to the FSACF can become part of a lasting endowment. The principal is expertly and responsibly managed in a balanced portfolio, and available income is used to fund projects according to donor wishes. Funds are invested with professional, well-known financial institutions, and performance is reviewed regularly. The foundation’s financial position is evaluated annually by an independent audit. These safeguards ensure that contributions will be preserved and earnings will be maximized over time.
- TAX BENEFITS: As a public charity, the FSACF offers the highest level of tax benefits for charitable giving. Donors may give cash, stock, closely held securities, real estate or personal property, and receive maximum tax benefits. Through planned giving that integrates philanthropy with overall financial and estate planning, advisors can ensure that their clients receive full benefit from contributions, while supporting the local community and charities of their choice.
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