Ways to Give

Giving to Bay Area Community Foundation is Simple

If at any time you have a question or would like to explore ways to maximize your impact and tax benefits of a particular giving option, our staff is here to help. We accept a wide range of gift options—some for today and others for the future.

Making a Gift Today

There are several options for making an outright gift to Bay Area Community Foundation:

  • Cash, check, credit card, or online donation
  • Life insurance
  • Stocks or other securities 
  • Retirement assets
  • Privately held business interests
  • Real estate

Planning a Gift for Later​

If you’d like to support your community after your lifetime or in a way that aligns with your financial and estate planning goals, a planned gift may be right for you. Here are a few popular options:

  • Bequest: Designate a gift amount or portion of your estate to the Bay Area Community Foundation in your will or trust.
  • Beneficiary Designation: Name Bay Area Community Foundation as a beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy.
  • Charitable Gift Annuity: Transfer cash or property to Bay Area Community Foundation, and we pay you or a loved one a fixed payment (with rates based on your age) for life or a defined period of time.
  • Charitable Remainder Trust: Transfer cash or property to a trust that pays annual income to you (or other beneficiaries) for life. After your death, the remainder of the trust transfers to Bay Area Community Foundation and is placed into a charitable fund you have selected.
  • Charitable Lead Trust: Place cash or property into a trust that pays a fixed amount to Bay Area Community Foundation for the number of years you select. Once this period ends, the assets held by the trust are transferred to the beneficiaries you name at potentially substantial tax savings.

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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

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.