Types of Charitable Funds 2019-03-12T14:50:31-04:00

Inspired by their daughter, Alex, Samantha and Rob Nobile created Alex’s Helping Hands Fund to raise money for agencies that provide therapies for children with special needs— at low or no cost. Read their story Photo by Jaymie Castro Batoon of J. Castro Photography.

Types of Funds

Unrestricted Funds

By establishing an unrestricted fund at Connecticut Community Foundation, you trust us to flexibly and responsively direct your money towards the community’s most pressing needs, which often change over time.

Designated Funds

Establishing a designated fund enables you to identify and support one or more organizations whose work is meaningful to you, so you can sustain their efforts over time.

Donor-Advised Funds

With a donor-advised fund, you can actively participate in recommending grants to charitable organizations anywhere in the United States; you determine when and how much to grant.

Field of Interest Funds

With a field of interest fund, you tell us an issue or geographic area you want to support, and we carefully select excellent nonprofit grantees whose work matches your aims.

Scholarship Funds

By establishing a scholarship fund, you can help a local student realize his or her dream of a college education. You can trust us to select the most deserving students from across our region, or you can specify criteria, such as field of study, geographic residence, or connections to employers or other institutions.

Nonprofit Agency Funds

Nonprofit organizations may establish either endowed or non-endowed funds to help meet current and future needs. We provide investment and administrative management, while the nonprofits focus on doing good work in the community.

Charitable funds may be established with gifts of $10,000 or more. If you choose, you may build your fund to reach that minimum over as long as five years. You may also create a fund today with no gift now but a pledge to contribute assets through your estate plan.

Take a look at the funds other donors have created over the years or read stories about our donors for inspiration.


Heidi Green
To begin exploring your options, please contact:
Heidi Green, Director of Development
hgreen@conncf.org | 203.753.1315, x113