Create a Ripple Effect
Just as you likely have many different passions in our community, there are many ways in which you can choose to give. Perhaps you feel strongly about a cause. Perhaps an organization has touched your life or the lives of loved ones in a meaningful way. Maybe you want to create a legacy or set an example that inspires others to give. Or your giving is a way to get your family together and pass along your values to younger generations.
For as many motivations as there are to give, there are ways of giving. The key to having a rewarding giving experience is finding the best fit—for your charitable priorities, financial goals, and personal preferences.
There are several types of funds to choose from, and we can help you decide which will help you match your charitable goals no matter where your passion lies.
You can look through a list of our funds here.
Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create endowment funds for specific or unrestricted purposes. These funds can be individually named and ensure there will be resources available to respond to community needs and opportunities, both today and tomorrow. It is BACF’s goal to turn the charitable dreams of our donors into reality.
The donor allows BACF the discretion to use available grant dollars for a broad range of community issues. This provides the Foundation the opportunity to respond to changing community needs that often cannot be anticipated at the time the gift is made. An unrestricted fund allows your resources to be pooled with other named unrestricted funds for greater impact. Alone, a donor might not have enough funds to award a $50,000 grant, but collectively one can.
The Power Of Endowment
When you create a fund through Bay Area Community Foundation, you have the opportunity to benefit the community forever with a permanent endowment.
What is an endowment? Most endowments are invested for long-term growth. They are designed to keep the principal amount intact while using a defined portion of the investment income for charitable purposes. In the case of the community foundation, earnings from the endowment are used to make grants to honor donors’ wishes and address community needs.
When you give to an endowment, your gift—and all future earnings from your gift—is a permanent source of community capital, helping do good work today and in the future. As the fund grows, so will the portion available annually for charitable purposes.
Three Key Features for Giving an Endowment
An endowment provides an excellent way to create a steady and reliable source of annual support for the community or causes you love.
We’re here to help.
Diane Mahoney - President and CEO
I serve alongside the board of directors as a steward of the assets our donors have entrusted to us. I enjoy being able to connect people to the causes they care about most.
Maggie Dwan - Donor Relations and Communications Officer
Taking on the role of donor relations and communications officer allows me to touch on many different levels of the work we do here at BACF.