The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation "partners with donors to build better communities". The PineBelt Community Foundation exists to strengthen communities by connecting charitably minded people to causes that matter most to them. As a driving charitable force in our region, their mission is to build better communities through philanthropy. Donors can establish charitable legacies and provide leadership to address community needs in a manner that is responsible, responsive and lasting.
Facts on Community Foundations:
•There are 700 community foundations nationwide holding roughly $35 billion in assets; they make up one of the fastest growing sectors of philanthropy in the US today.
•Community foundations share the common goal of serving donors, nonprofit organizations, and the community as a whole. They serve as a vehicle for charitable giving through which individuals, families, corporations, non-profit organizations, and private foundations meet thier charitable objectives.
•Community foundations offer donors many services and benefits. They routinely work with families, individuals, attorneys, and estate and financial planners to design gift plans that fit every economic situation, ensuring that donors receive the most benefit from their charitable contributions and that their philanthropic dollars are used to the fullest extent.
•GPCF works with their donors to make sure the Fund they establish meets their charitable wishes.
•Community foundations accept gifts of various sizes and types from private citizens, corporations, government agencies, and other foundations. Nearly every type of gift—including real estate, closely held stock, and artwork—can be contributed to a community foundation. Gifts are made from bequests and by living donors through various types of funds and deferred giving vehicles.
•Any individual can contribute any amount of money to the Community Foundation. The Foundation invests the gifts for growth and income and uses a payout amount to make grants that will strengthen the community. The donor may choose to stay actively involved with grant making or leave that function to the Foundation.
•Your local Community Foundation is governed by a local Board of Trustees comprised of community leaders. Operating expenses are paid from individuals and corporations who have partnered with them and from management fees.