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People who love Vermont and love to give work with us. We are home to more than 725 charitable funds and foundations created by generous individuals, families, business, and organizations to support the causes they care about in Vermont and beyond - both now and in the future. 

If you want to establish a charitable fund, supporting organization, bequest, or other charitable vehicle, this is the place to do it. Our public charity status provides maximum tax advantages under state and federal law, and we accept a wide variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving. In most cases our annual fee is more affordable than the costs of a private foundation.

We invite you to explore our offerings listed below.

Make a Difference Now  

If you would like to establish a charitable fund now and begin making grants to support the causes you care about, we have numerous options for you to consider. 

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Donor advised funds offer a convenient, flexible way for individuals, families, businesses, or other groups to take an active role in making grant recommendations to support the causes they care about.

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We offer two types of discretionary funds:

An UNRESTRICTED discretionary fund places your trust in the Community Foundation staff to make grants that respond to Vermont’s most pressing needs and challenges.

A FIELD OF INTEREST discretionary fund lets you support the causes you care about—the environment, the arts, or a specific community or region—while allowing the Community Foundation staff to choose grant recipients.

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When you want to provide permanent ongoing support for one or more favorite organizations. 

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Supporting organizations are right for people who want the feel and identity of their own charitable foundation, without the administrative burden. They are large funds (minimum $5 million) and do a significant amount of annual grantmaking. 

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We invite you to visit our Give Now page and learn about the  range of issue areas where the Community Foundation and our partners are currently focusing their resources. You can make a donation directly to any of these funds.

Give Now


Leave a Legacy 

If you prefer to consider charitable giving that is fulfilled after your passing, we also have options for you to consider - some of which provide an income stream during your lifetime. 

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If you are not able to make a substantial gift to charity at this time but want to leave something for Vermont, you may want to consider including the Vermont Community Foundation in your will or living trust. You can leave a stated dollar amount, a property, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder after distributions to other beneficiaries.

Another way to leave a bequest is to name the Vermont Community Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy. You can designate a percentage of the assets which remain in the plan at your death.

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Sample Bequest Language [PDF, 22KB]

Establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity allows you and/or your beneficiaries  to receive guaranteed income for life, benefit from an immediate income tax deduction, and leave a legacy that will support the causes you care about. Payments are based on your age, and you may choose to defer receiving annuity payments.

After your death the remainder of the gift may be used to establish a named charitable fund or be added to an existing fund.

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A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) allows you or your beneficiaries to receive income from an asset, knowing that whatever remains will benefit the causes you care about.

When you establish a CRT, you transfer assets into a trust that provides you and/or the beneficiaries you select with income. You can choose a fixed income for your lifetime or a term of years, or a variable income that changes annually with the value of the investments in your trust. At the end of the trust term all remaining assets are distributed to a Vermont Community Foundation fund you designate during your lifetime.

We offer professional management, opportunities for diversification without loss to capital gains taxes, the prospect of tax-favored income, and a charitable deduction for the remainder value of the trust.

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If you’d like to establish a charitable fund but also want to transfer assets to your heirs, a Charitable Lead Trust (CLT) may be the right fit. In the most common form, a donor creates a qualified trust document, names a trustee, and transfers assets to this trustee for a specified period of years or the life of an individual. During the term of the trust, annual payments are made to the charitable organizations you choose. At the end of the trust term, the remaining assets pass to your heirs free of any further transfer taxes.

By carefully selecting the payout rate and the length term, the donor can greatly diminish or completely avoid the payment of any transfer taxes. Charitable lead trusts offer philanthropic individuals a splendid method of combining their annual philanthropy with a tax-efficient means of transferring wealth to the next generation.

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If you have any questions about the kinds of gifts the Community Foundation can accept, please contact Debbie Rooney at 802-388-3355 ext. 229 or at drooney@vermontcf.org.