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The Community Foundation can assist you and your clients in achieving their goals in ways not available through other organizations or strategies. We partner with you. You stay in control of your clients’ financial relationships and we help you serve your clients’ charitable giving needs.


Many clients expect their advisors to be full-service institutions. When you choose to engage the Community Foundation as a resource on matters of charity, we respect the relationship you have with your clients. We can meet with you and your client to provide charitable planning documents and advice. We make partnering with the Community Foundation easy for you and your clients.


The Community Foundation has been fulfilling the charitable wishes of people in our community since 1927. Now with more than 700 individual funds, we are a trusted partner for generations of families. Our staff understands the community and can use its knowledge to achieve maximum impact in our community.


A volunteer board of community leaders, a thoughtful and expert staff, knowledge of and commitment to the community, proven asset management, and grantmaking expertise all ensure that your clients’ charitable gifts will be carefully invested and administered according to your clients’ wishes.


Our staff can help structure a gift to meet your clients’ charitable and financial goals. We offer a variety of fund types and can accept a wide assortment of simple and complex assets that give you and your clients flexibility in achieving their charitable goals. Below are some needs your clients may have that can be met through a partnership with the Community Foundation:

  • Year-end tax planning: By establishing a fund at the Community Foundation, your client can get an immediate tax deduction while setting aside money for future community benefit.

  • Retiring in comfort: Charitable annuities and trusts can provide an income stream during your client’s life and  also meet the charitable goals for his or her estate.

  • Sale of a business: Your client can reduce capital gains tax by using structured charitable gifts and planned giving strategies.

  • Substantial Retirement Plan Assets: Help your client minimize taxes so they can give more to their heirs while also achieving their charitable goals.

  • Private Foundation Alternative: A donor-advised fund is a simple and cost effective alternative to establishing a private foundation. The Community Foundation can provide a comparison showing advantages and disadvantages of private foundations, donor-advised funds and supporting organizations.

  • Closely held stock: A donor-advised fund or planned gift at the Community Foundation may make your client eligible for a fair market value income tax deduction of appreciated stock.

To discuss your client’s unique giving opportunities, contact us to set up a meeting


  • The Thorpes

    Although she had no formal higher education, Mary was a strong believer that educational opportunity is the path to progress in today’s world.

  • Donald Trufant

    Don thought being kind and generous was important. Those things that were so part of the fiber of his being will continue well past his life through his scholarship fund.

  • John Marsellus

    Just as he did in his daily life, John's legacy will continue to enrich the lives of generations of area residents because of his commitment to Central New York.

  • Ruth Blumberg

    Countless children will benefit from the generous commitment Ruth made to ensure that her daughter’s memory would not be forgotten when she herself passed away.

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