Why Partner with Us?

Our mission is to enable people who love their community to easily give back. We always want to help folks feel good about their charitable giving. Whether their passion is arts and culture, the environment or helping students reach their educational goals, they have a professional partner and steward in the Community Foundation standing ready to help put that passion into action. Here are some of the advantages to giving through Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia:

  1. IT’S EASY: Foundation staff handles your fund’s set-up, investments and grant administration.
  2. IT’S COST EFFECTIVE: A minimum gift of $10,000 (with the exception of Scholarship Funds which require $50,000 or Agency Endowment Funds which require $25,000) establishes your fund. There are no set-up fees, and it can be done quickly using a simple fund agreement.
  3. IT’S A TAX BENEFIT: Because the Community Foundation is a public charity, we offer the maximum tax advantages under state and federal laws.
  4. IT’S LOCAL: We share our community knowledge and insight and help you maximize your gift’s impact in the community.
  5. IT’S FOREVER: Your gift keeps on giving long after you are gone.

Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia is comprised of many different funds dedicated to purposes our donors define. Here are the primary options:

Comparison of Donor Involvement

Types of Funds

Unrestricted Funds provide the greatest flexibility, allowing the Community Foundation to respond to the community’s pressing needs.

Field of Interest Funds allow donors to pinpoint support to broad areas of concern, such as education, the arts, the environment, youth services or geographic areas they choose.

Designated Funds ensure regular, endowed support is provided to specific charitable organizations the donors name.

Donor Advised Funds allow donors to make recommendations about the distribution of grants

Scholarship Funds help further the education of students who are selected by volunteer committees

Memorial Funds ensure a special person is remembered through a Fund that reflects his or her legacy.

Agency Endowment Funds are created by nonprofits as a means of building charitable dollars for the future of their mission and work.


Download a Sample Fund Agreement to see how easy it is to create your own fund.

Check out this Comparison Chart to learn the benefits of establishing a fund compared with other vehicles.

Read our Donor Handbook to learn about our guidelines for fund administration and our Donor Advised Fund FAQs 


We accept a wide variety of assets, cash, marketable securities, real estate and closely held businesses, among them. And you can put your philanthropic plans into action today with outright gifts or opt to give a future, planned gift.

Download Instruction for wire transfers and a list of steps to contribute securities.

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