As a professional who advises clients – individuals, families, or businesses – about charitable giving, you play a key role in philanthropy. The Community Foundation is a uniquely valuable resource and partner when you need personalized, flexible, high-impact options to help your clients achieve their goals for giving. If your client is thinking about making a complex charitable gift today or leaving a charitable legacy for the future, we offer a variety of options. With smart planning, you can help your client make a gift that will benefit the causes they care about for years to come.
You are the driver of your client relationship. Our goal is to serve as your philanthropic consultant, a valuable member of your team helping you achieve your clients’ goals. We offer:
Confidential, cost-free resources for charitable planning
Flexible tools for lifetime and legacy gifts
Management for gifts of complex assets
Personal, local, highest-quality donor services
A trusted partnership that enhances your relationship with your clients
Questions? Please contact Lindsay Richardson for a confidential consultation to explore the options available to your clients.
The Community Foundation is committed to working with professional advisors to help your clients realize their charitable goals. Here are some of the ways we can help you:
Let our experienced, professional staff help you educate your clients about:
Charitable Giving Options
Your clients look to you for knowledgeable and up-to-date tax and estate planning expertise. The Community Foundation can help by supporting your efforts and keeping you informed of the ever-changing rules of philanthropic giving.
Creating a Legacy through Planned Giving
We offer a range of resources and tools to help you work with clients as they consider how to create a lasting legacy.
Emerging Community Needs and Issues
The Community Foundation regularly collaborates with local agencies and governmental organizations to facilitate impact across the communities we serve. We are available as a resource to clients seeking to better understand community needs and opportunities to maximize the impact of their giving.
Building Endowment for Nonprofit Organizations
Funds supporting strong nonprofits in the Sturgis area benefit the community forever and help create a personal legacy.
Ways to Give
We know that giving opportunities can come in different shapes and sizes and we have the flexibility to accept a wide range of gifts. The Community Foundation is your resource to maximize assets for the charitable causes that matter the most to you.
Assets We Can Accept
A cash gift is the simplest way to establish a fund or give to an existing fund. Cash gifts are fully deductible up to 50 percent of the donor’s adjusted gross income in any one year. Deduction amounts exceeding this limit may be carried forward for up to five additional years.
Gifts of appreciated securities (stock, bonds, and most mutual funds) also provide tax advantages. If you have held the securities for one year or longer, the current value generally is tax-deductible up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income, with a five-year carryover if the gift amount is more than the 30 percent limit.
We can accept a gift of a house or other personal residence, farm, commercial building and income-producing or non-income producing land. A gift of real estate you have owned for more than a year entitles you to a tax deduction for the fair market value of the property, and you avoid paying capital gains taxes.
When you name the Community Foundation as the owner and beneficiary of an existing or new life insurance policy, you receive an immediate tax deduction that usually approximates the cash surrender value of the policy. All premium payments made thereafter are deductible as a charitable contribution.
Many of the gifts we receive come in the form of end-of-life bequests, small and large, from caring donors who wish to create a legacy in their community. Bequests allow you to support your community and the causes you care deeply about long after your lifetime. A charitable bequest can be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or what remains after other bequests are made.