Why Give?

GIVING THROUGH THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION IS SMART, SENSIBLE, AND EFFECTIVE.

Many Upper Arlington residents have chosen to give to the community foundation in a variety of ways. Whatever the mode of giving, contributing to the community foundation offers multiple benefits.

A GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION IS:

  1. PERSONAL

Your gift can be an expression of the things you care about–and, by establishing a fund, you can create a personal legacy in your own name.

  1. SIMPLE

You can support a number of charitable interests and nonprofit organizations through a single gift.

  1. CONVENIENT

The community foundation is set up to make giving easy–even for those with complex finances and charitable objectives. You can make a gift at a time and in a manner that suits you best, using cash, appreciated stock, real estate, or other assets.

  1. TAX-SMART

Gifts to the community foundation are fully deductible as charitable gifts for federal income, gift, and estate tax purposes. Certain types of planned gifts can reduce or eliminate present or future exposure to taxation, can qualify wholly or partially for charitable tax deductions, and can provide lifetime income to the donors or others.

  1. EFFECTIVE

Because your gift joins with others, it can accomplish more and make the greatest impact. The community foundation works closely with our area’s nonprofit organizations, schools, government officials, and civic leaders to understand local needs — so we can apply our resources where they do the most good.

  1. WELL-MANAGED

You can be certain your gift will be carefully managed and wisely invested by a publicly accountable, ethical, local organization with an excellent record of stewardship.

  1. FLEXIBLE

You can direct that your gift be used for certain causes, or to support specific programs — or leave the purpose open-ended so that it can be applied to the most urgent needs and changing priorities.

  1. ACCOUNTABLE

All of our funds are used in the public interest and — unless otherwise directed by a donor — applied to local charitable needs. An independent, professional audit is made annually, and all our grants are publicly disclosed.

  1. CONSTANT

Your charitable intentions will always be honored. Even if a specific program you have named should cease to exist or the purpose of your gift becomes obsolete, the foundation is set up to ensure that your donation will continue to be used in a manner that meets your interests and the needs of the community.