1. Define your passion
What causes do you care most about? Do you wish to address an urgent need in the community, honor the memory of a loved one or help out a charity or project?
2. Create a fund or contribute to a fund or issue area
We will work with you to create a fund that is tailored to your interests and that will accomplish your goals. Our options are flexible: your fund can broadly benefit the community or focus on specific issues, organizations or students. You may also contribute to a fund someone else has established, or to a particular issue area you care about.
3. Decide what and when to give
You can use a wide range of assets to establish a charitable fund or to give to an existing fund at Connecticut Community Foundation. Based on your interests and needs, we can help you make a plan to build your fund through gifts now and in the future through your estate plan. You may also choose gifts that provide income to others, while also benefiting the community.
4. Let us take care of the administrative details
We keep it simple so you can focus on what makes your heart sing—your contribution to making people’s lives better. We can establish your new fund in as little as one day, and can coordinate gift planning with your financial and legal advisors.
5. Track your fund
You can trust us to be fiscally responsible, knowledgeable and dedicated to ensuring that all funds are invested responsibly. You will receive periodic updates about your fund so you can always be aware of your progress.
6. Refine your strategy
If your family or financial situation changes or if your interests shift, we can help you adjust your giving strategy. Likewise, if a nonprofit organization your fund supports goes out of business or changes its mission, we’ll make any necessary changes to ensure that grants from your fund follow your original intent.
7. Do good
Your gifts are turned into grants to local nonprofit organizations or to scholarships for local students.