It is easy to establish your own named charitable fund and it can be done in less than a day. Working with a member of our staff, and your financial advisor if you choose, you will take these simple steps:

  1. First, determine your charitable purpose or intent
  2. Select the type of charitable fund that best supports your purpose. (CBCF staff can outline your options and discuss advantages of each)
  3. Complete a simple governing document. (CBCF staff can guide you to ensure your intentions and instructions are clearly defined)
  4. Select a name for your fund. (Names can be yours or a family member’s, named for a cause you wish to support, or you can remain anonymous)
  5. Depending on the type of fund you establish, you may designate current fund advisors such as yourself and spouse, and successor advisors such as your children. This information will be included in your governing document
  6. Make an establishing gift. Types of contributions you can make include
    • Cash
    • Securities
    • Real Estate
    • Insurance
    • IRAs and other qualified retirement plans
  7. Receive a tax deduction at the time the fund is established and when additional contributions are made to the fund

Enjoy giving through your fund. Once your fund is established you can:

  • Add to the fund at any time in any dollar amount
  • Specify how grant disbursements are to be acknowledged – whether in the name of the fund or anonymously
  • If you’ve established a donor advised fund you may recommend distributions to charities, locally or throughout the United States