Your Giving

Giving FAQ

How can I make my philanthropy more meaningful and strategic?

Great question! To make informed decisions about smart, meaningful philanthropy, you’ve come to the right place. Over 25 years, we’ve earned a track record as a reliable steward of financial investments that make a difference.

There are many ways that we can partner with you including:

We’d love to work with you to find your personal answer to this question. Contact us at to start the conversation.
 

What are the different types of assets that the Community Foundation accepts?

We can accept a variety of complex assets including:
  • Cash
  • Checks (make your check out to the Community Foundation Boulder County, and include the earmarked fund or program, if there is one, with the check)
  • Credit cards
  • Tangible personal property
  • Publicly-traded securities or mutual funds
  • Real estate
  • Business interests (including closely held stock)
  • Planned gifts

The Community Foundation’s President and Philanthropic Services team are responsible for reviewing all gifts made to the foundation, properly screening those gifts, and making recommendations to the Board of Trustees on gift acceptance issues when appropriate. For more information about our Gift Acceptance Policy, please contact us .

How can I make a stock or cash wire donation?

Please alert a member of the Philanthropic Services team of any stock or cash wire donation with a written communication or phone call. Anyone on our team can send you wire instructions. If you would like to make a gift of mutual funds, or restricted or closely held securities, please call us at 303.442.0436 for instructions.

Does the Community Foundation offer planned giving?

Yes. We’ve come to know that many Boulder County residents want to leave a legacy of giving beyond their lifetimes – for generations to come. Hundreds of people who love this community have committed more than $7M to ensure a better future through legacy gifts with the Community Foundation.

We accept a variety of complex assets and work with you, your loved ones and your advisors to help you realize your intentions and ensure your legacy of generosity. Learn more, or contact us at  for more information.

How do I set up a monthly donation?

It’s simple to set up a monthly donation online. You can choose to support the Community Foundation with a recurring donation, or you may choose to support a fund or program

You may opt to increase, decrease or suspend your donation amount at any time by contacting us at . You will be emailed a tax receipt every month after your donation is processed.  

Does the Community Foundation accept matching donations?

Yes. If you or one of your family members works for an organization with a matching gift program, you can double – or even triple – your gift. Because each company has a different set of instructions for matching an employee gift, please inquire with your human resources department for details; the foundation is happy to confirm your gift or satisfy any other requirements your company may have. Contact us at if you have any questions regarding your matching donation.

Can I earmark my donation for a specific program or fund?

Yes. The Community Foundation exists to inspire ideas, ignite action and advance smart philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone in Boulder County. To achieve our mission, we have a variety of programs and funds that address specific needs and interest areas in our community. 

We greatly value your support of our day-to-day work. When you give to the Community Trust, you are investing in a permanent resource that responds to community needs through a competitive grant application process.

Learn more about our programs and initiatives, and the different ways we’re working with donors like you to help build a better Boulder County. Or, explore our funding areas and direct your support to a particular area of interest. Whether donating online, by cash or check, or with other assets, please indicate which program or fund you’re supporting so that we can allocate your donation appropriately. 

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. The Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Our Federal Tax ID, or Employer Identification Number (EIN), is 84-1171836. Learn more financial information about the foundation.

You will receive a printed tax receipt by mail. If you donate online, you will automatically be emailed a tax receipt after your donation has been processed.

Of course, only your attorney or accountant can offer you personal tax advice.

Can I make a donation anonymously?

Yes, you can make an anonymous donation. You may select that option online, or include a note with your donation that states your preference to remain anonymous (i.e., not be listed or recognized publicly). We will still mail you a tax receipt. 

Can I make my donation as a tribute in honor or memory of someone?

Yes. There is a section on our online donation form where you may specify whether a gift is to be in honor or in memory of someone. You can choose to send a notification of the donation to the person you’re honoring, or to the loved ones of the person you’re making a memorial gift for by completing the donation form online.

If you make a tribute donation via cash or check, and you would like to notify the recipient, please include the individual’s contact information with your donation. Questions? Contact us .

Can I fundraise for a particular fund or program for the Community Foundation?

Yes, some of our donors fundraise for their field-of-interest or memorial funds at the foundation. However, the Community Foundation is legally responsible for all fundraising on its behalf, and the foundation, as well as the donor, can face serious penalties if procedures are not established and carefully followed. 

The simplest way to fundraise for the Community Foundation is by signing up for an online giving page through the foundation’s system. Contact us at to learn more.

Individuals considering a fundraising event are most likely to do so by independent fundraising. This approach to fundraising can be conducted by an individual or independent organization without the endorsement or involvement of the Community Foundation. Under these circumstances, the foundation or fund receives the net income from a fundraiser and does not acknowledge the individual contributors, or reimburse any expenses incurred during the fundraising effort. Sponsors of such a fundraising event may not claim that the event is a foundation function, or that contributions will be tax-deductible.

Foundation-sanctioned fundraising, on the other hand, may be conducted on behalf of a fund at the Community Foundation, using the Community Foundation’s name, the name of the fund and all the advantages of the Community Foundation’s nonprofit status only with prior consent from the foundation. Additional administrative fees may be charged for services provided by foundation staff to endorse the event, acknowledge gifts, and administer the proceeds and expenses of the fundraising event; fees will be determined in advance and discussed with the fundraising individual or group.

Important benefits and responsibilities are related to each type of approach, so please be sure to contact us at before you start fundraising.  

Is there a minimum amount that I can donate?

Yes and no. You can donate cash and other assets; or write a check to the Community Foundation Boulder County, or any one of our funds or programs in any amount that is meaningful to you.

There’s a $5 min. to donate online; and there’s a $25K minimum to open a Donor-Advised Fund. 

Would you pass my donation through to a different nonprofit organization?

No. The Community Foundation does not make pass-through grants. We recommend you donate directly to the other organization. 

I have more questions. Whom should I contact?

 

Giving FAQ

How can I make my philanthropy more meaningful and strategic?

Great question! To make informed decisions about smart, meaningful philanthropy, you’ve come to the right place. Over 25 years, we’ve earned a track record as a reliable steward of financial investments that make a difference.

There are many ways that we can partner with you including:

We’d love to work with you to find your personal answer to this question. Contact us at to start the conversation.
 

What are the different types of assets that the Community Foundation accepts?

We can accept a variety of complex assets including:
  • Cash
  • Checks (make your check out to the Community Foundation Boulder County, and include the earmarked fund or program, if there is one, with the check)
  • Credit cards
  • Tangible personal property
  • Publicly-traded securities or mutual funds
  • Real estate
  • Business interests (including closely held stock)
  • Planned gifts

The Community Foundation’s President and Philanthropic Services team are responsible for reviewing all gifts made to the foundation, properly screening those gifts, and making recommendations to the Board of Trustees on gift acceptance issues when appropriate. For more information about our Gift Acceptance Policy, please contact us .

How can I make a stock or cash wire donation?

Please alert a member of the Philanthropic Services team of any stock or cash wire donation with a written communication or phone call. Anyone on our team can send you wire instructions. If you would like to make a gift of mutual funds, or restricted or closely held securities, please call us at 303.442.0436 for instructions.

Does the Community Foundation offer planned giving?

Yes. We’ve come to know that many Boulder County residents want to leave a legacy of giving beyond their lifetimes – for generations to come. Hundreds of people who love this community have committed more than $7M to ensure a better future through legacy gifts with the Community Foundation.

We accept a variety of complex assets and work with you, your loved ones and your advisors to help you realize your intentions and ensure your legacy of generosity. Learn more, or contact us at  for more information.

How do I set up a monthly donation?

It’s simple to set up a monthly donation online. You can choose to support the Community Foundation with a recurring donation, or you may choose to support a fund or program

You may opt to increase, decrease or suspend your donation amount at any time by contacting us at . You will be emailed a tax receipt every month after your donation is processed.  

Does the Community Foundation accept matching donations?

Yes. If you or one of your family members works for an organization with a matching gift program, you can double – or even triple – your gift. Because each company has a different set of instructions for matching an employee gift, please inquire with your human resources department for details; the foundation is happy to confirm your gift or satisfy any other requirements your company may have. Contact us at if you have any questions regarding your matching donation.

Can I earmark my donation for a specific program or fund?

Yes. The Community Foundation exists to inspire ideas, ignite action and advance smart philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone in Boulder County. To achieve our mission, we have a variety of programs and funds that address specific needs and interest areas in our community. 

We greatly value your support of our day-to-day work. When you give to the Community Trust, you are investing in a permanent resource that responds to community needs through a competitive grant application process.

Learn more about our programs and initiatives, and the different ways we’re working with donors like you to help build a better Boulder County. Or, explore our funding areas and direct your support to a particular area of interest. Whether donating online, by cash or check, or with other assets, please indicate which program or fund you’re supporting so that we can allocate your donation appropriately. 

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. The Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Our Federal Tax ID, or Employer Identification Number (EIN), is 84-1171836. Learn more financial information about the foundation.

You will receive a printed tax receipt by mail. If you donate online, you will automatically be emailed a tax receipt after your donation has been processed.

Of course, only your attorney or accountant can offer you personal tax advice.

Can I make a donation anonymously?

Yes, you can make an anonymous donation. You may select that option online, or include a note with your donation that states your preference to remain anonymous (i.e., not be listed or recognized publicly). We will still mail you a tax receipt. 

Can I make my donation as a tribute in honor or memory of someone?

Yes. There is a section on our online donation form where you may specify whether a gift is to be in honor or in memory of someone. You can choose to send a notification of the donation to the person you’re honoring, or to the loved ones of the person you’re making a memorial gift for by completing the donation form online.

If you make a tribute donation via cash or check, and you would like to notify the recipient, please include the individual’s contact information with your donation. Questions? Contact us .

Can I fundraise for a particular fund or program for the Community Foundation?

Yes, some of our donors fundraise for their field-of-interest or memorial funds at the foundation. However, the Community Foundation is legally responsible for all fundraising on its behalf, and the foundation, as well as the donor, can face serious penalties if procedures are not established and carefully followed. 

The simplest way to fundraise for the Community Foundation is by signing up for an online giving page through the foundation’s system. Contact us at to learn more.

Individuals considering a fundraising event are most likely to do so by independent fundraising. This approach to fundraising can be conducted by an individual or independent organization without the endorsement or involvement of the Community Foundation. Under these circumstances, the foundation or fund receives the net income from a fundraiser and does not acknowledge the individual contributors, or reimburse any expenses incurred during the fundraising effort. Sponsors of such a fundraising event may not claim that the event is a foundation function, or that contributions will be tax-deductible.

Foundation-sanctioned fundraising, on the other hand, may be conducted on behalf of a fund at the Community Foundation, using the Community Foundation’s name, the name of the fund and all the advantages of the Community Foundation’s nonprofit status only with prior consent from the foundation. Additional administrative fees may be charged for services provided by foundation staff to endorse the event, acknowledge gifts, and administer the proceeds and expenses of the fundraising event; fees will be determined in advance and discussed with the fundraising individual or group.

Important benefits and responsibilities are related to each type of approach, so please be sure to contact us at before you start fundraising.  

Is there a minimum amount that I can donate?

Yes and no. You can donate cash and other assets; or write a check to the Community Foundation Boulder County, or any one of our funds or programs in any amount that is meaningful to you.

There’s a $5 min. to donate online; and there’s a $25K minimum to open a Donor-Advised Fund. 

Would you pass my donation through to a different nonprofit organization?

No. The Community Foundation does not make pass-through grants. We recommend you donate directly to the other organization. 

I have more questions. Whom should I contact?