Ways to Give

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation offers a wide variety of giving options to individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits.



A cash gift is the easiest way to give. Your donation is deductible as a charitable gift for federal tax purposes.


future gifts:

Including a future gift to the Community Foundation in your will is meangingful philanthropy almost anyone can do.  Language in your will can specify a dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or what remains after other bequests — including those to family members — are made. Supporting your charitable interests while achieving significant tax advantages for your heirs can be accomplished by directing a portion of your retirement assets (such as an IRA) to the Community Foundation in your estate plan.  Still others will name the Community Foundation as a beneficiary of your policy (or a portion) or purchase a new policy to benefit causes you care about most. Learn more about how to leave a legacy and the Legacy Society.


Retirement assets:

You may be able to use retirement assets to give now.  Are you 70 1/2?  Do you have an IRA?  Learn more about the benefits of making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to the Community Foundation.



Gifts of appreciated stocks or bonds can provide a maximum charitable benefit while reducing or eliminating the impact of capital gains taxes.  For more information, contact Laura Hansen at 231-536-2440 or laura@c3f.org.


Tributes and Memorials

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation offers many opportunities to help you recognize special people who have made a difference in your life and in the life of the community. We accept donations made as a tribute or memorial to an individual, family or organization.  Special funds can also be created to handle specific tributes and memorials. 


Professional Advice

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation provides general gift, estate, and financial planning information and does not provide legal, accounting, or other professional advice.  For assistance in planning charitable gifts with tax and other financial implications, the services of appropriate professional advisors should be obtained.  An attorney should be consulted for advice if your plans require preparation or revision of a will, trust, or other legal document.  Tax issues can require specialized assistance too, as tax deductions may vary based on individual circumstances and applicable federal discount rates.