A Variety of Giving Tools

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia provides you with a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. We offer a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals by making a gift of cash, stocks, bonds and other marketable securities. You can also make gifts of real estate, closely held corporation stock and other “unmarketable” securities, partnership interests, life insurance policies, retirement plan assets, charitable remainder trusts, pooled income funds, charitable lead trusts, and other tangible and intangible property, so long as those gifts meet the guidelines of the Community Foundation’s Gift Acceptance Policy, which policy is available upon request. Many donors prefer to contribute appreciated assets such as appreciated stock so that they obtain a tax deduction for the fair market value of the asset on the date the gift is made and avoid paying taxes on the gain. Most charitable gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law.

Each donor has a unique giving experience, tailored to suit his or her situation and goals. Here are the basics of how you can create and donate through a fund at the Community Foundation:
  • You make a gift to the Community Foundation. You can give cash, appreciated stocks, real estate, or other assets.
  • We set up 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 made.
  • Based on the type of fund you establish, you may be able to stay involved in the good works your gift makes possible. You can recommend an area or organization you’d like your gift to support, or rely on the Community Foundation's experienced staff and board to determine and address the areas of greatest need in our community.
  • Our board makes grants in the name of the fund you establish (if you prefer, grants can be made anonymously).
  • We handle the administrative details.
  • Your gift can be placed in to an endowment fund that is invested over time. Five percent (5%) per year of the balance in your endowment fund is used to make grants addressing community needs. Your endowed gift – and all future earnings from your gift – is a permanent source of community capital, helping do good work forever.
  • Your gift can be placed into a pass through fund from which the entire balance, principal plus interest, can be granted out at any time.
Learn more about charitable funds — great giving options. 

Learn more about charitable instruments— how you can give. 

Learn more about charitable assets— what you can give. 

For more information and ideas on ways to integrate your financial planning with charitable giving, ask your financial advisor or contact Eileen Ellsworth.