Ways to Give

The Community Foundation offers a variety of ways individuals can give back to their community or support causes important to them. The Community Foundation's staff is available to discuss what method of giving is right for you. 

NEW! Giving Guide Click here to download. To request a copy by mail, contact the Community Foundation's office at 513-874-5450

Cash Gifts 
This option is simple, fast and flexible. Contributions can be made by check, credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover or AMEX ) or wire transfer. All cash contributions offer immediate tax deductions. Checks should be delivered to:

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty
5641 Union Centre Drive
West Chester, OH 45069

Gifts can also be accepted online through our secure Give Now, giving center.

Gifts of Appreciated Assets 
When designated as a gift, the donation of securities or real property can often provide important tax advantages. The full market value of your gift can generally be deducted without recognizing income on the gain from your real cost. Contributions of appreciated property owned more than one year may be deducted up to 30% of your adjusted gross income with any unused amount carried over for up to an additional five years. Please contact the Foundation's office at 513-874-5450 for more information on the transfer of stocks and delivery instructions.

Bequest by Will
This gift alternative takes a variety of different forms. As an enduring symbol of your generosity, a bequest supports the changing needs of our community for generations. A bequest can be a specific lump sum of money willed to one of the Foundation's endowment funds or your own named endowment fund. It can also take the form of a percentage of your estate or a piece of property. In addition, the Foundation can be identified as the residual beneficiary of your estate, as the recipient of a specified gift, a contingent beneficiary or as the ultimate recipient of the assets of a charitable remainder trust.

IRA or Qualified Plan 
At death, retirement plan or IRA balances are included for estate and income taxes - often up to 85 percent. Funding a charitable bequest with an IRA or retirement plan prevents the bequest from becoming a liability of your estate, and the gift is made with pre-income tax funds.

Charitable Remainder Trust 
This planned giving strategy is ideal for donors who want to provide a life income for themselves, their spouse or children. The tax benefits for this type of trust are substantial. Upon the donor's death, the assets go to the Foundation and benefit the community for years to come.

"Loans" of Assets
With a charitable lead trust, the assets transferred to the trust are eventually returned to the donor or, more typically, to the donor's children. Income is paid to the Foundation annually while the assets are in the trust. Such trusts can be created during lifetime or at death with significant savings in gift or estate taxes possible because of the "temporary" gift to the Foundation.

Charitable Gift Annuity
A gift annuity is a life annuity for one or two lives, issued by the Foundation in exchange for gift property, with the Foundation guaranteeing the annuity payment to the annuitant(s). It offers a charitable tax deduction for the value of the remainder gift, the basis is recovered tax-free over your lifetime, and the Foundation receives your capital gift when income needs end.

Life Insurance Policy
Many overlook the value of a life insurance policy later in life. It is actually a creative avenue for charitable giving and can be an inexpensive way to make a substantial contribution to the Foundation. Name the Foundation as the owner and beneficiary and you are entitled to a tax deduction equal to the value of the policy. Any future insurance premiums are also deductible as charitable gifts.

Real Property with Lifetime Use
A gift of real estate can be made to the Foundation while providing the donor with lifetime use of the property. At time of death, the property is an asset of the Foundation and is excluded from the donor's estate. Gifts to The Community Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Termination of Private Foundation
A private foundation termination into a component fund at The Community Foundation is fairly simple. A private foundation will be terminated if it distributes all of its net assets to a component fund. There is no need to notify the IRS in advance. However, there is a final income tax return that the private foundation must file. The transfer must be of all rights, title and interest to all of its net assets. If the private foundation is liable for any taxes, the liability carries over to The Community Foundation. While the contribution to The Community Foundation cannot have any material restrictions, it is not a material restriction for The Community Foundation to pay these taxes. (see section 507 of the Internal Revenue code and related Treasury Regulations). Consequently, the component fund at The Community Foundation established with the transfer of the private foundation's net assets can be charged with any taxes or other obligations associated with the private foundation.