Consider Being a Donor
Richmond Community Foundation is dedicated to helping donors achieve the greatest impact while offering each donor a unique giving experience, tailored to suit your situation and goals. Let RCF work with you to help you invest in your community!
You may contribute to an existing program or fund, or establish your own unique fund based on your personal charitable goals.
To give to an existing fund:
You may contribute with a check, credit card, stocks, or other assets. You may also make a contribution online here.
To establish your own fund:
The Community Foundation establishes a special fund in your name, in the name of your family or business, or in honor of any person or organization you choose. You receive tax benefits in the year your gift is received. You may make contributions of cash, appreciated stocks, real estate, or other tangible assets.
Your fund can be established as an endowment that will generate grants or scholarships continually, or as a non-permanent, donor-advised gift, enabling you to make contributions as often as you like.
Endowment funds are carefully invested in a diverse portfolio of stocks and bonds to generate earnings that will be a permanent source of community capital, helping to continue your good work forever.
Non-permanent, donor-advised funds are invested in more easily liquidated investments so the funds are available when you are ready to suggest contributions. You can recommend an area or organization you’d like your gift to support, or rely on our experienced staff to assist by making recommendations. With the approval of our Board of Directors, we issue grants and scholarships in your name—or, if you prefer, grants and scholarships can be made anonymously.
Current Giving vs. Bequests:
One of the decisions you will consider is the timing of your gift. Gifts made during your lifetime can be initiated at any time you are ready to make a contribution. You can play an active role in directing your gift toward specific organizations or causes and will be able to see the results of your gifts in the community.
Bequests are made through wills or trusts after death. A person can leave their entire estate, a specific amount or a percentage of their estate to Richmond Community Foundation, which grants them membership to the Legacy Society. This is an especially attractive way to establish a family legacy for the community while minimizing federal estate taxes. You may direct bequests to an area of interest or to a specific organization. Rather than writing specific bequests to several charities, you may prefer to create a single fund or add your estate to an existing charitable fund at Richmond Community Foundation. We are bound by law to carry out our donors’ charitable interests in perpetuity, acting as steward for the funds and ensuring that the recipients continue to be viable charities.