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Establish a Fund

A BCF fund may be started with a gift made during your lifetime, or with a bequest from your estate. Established in your name or in memory or honor of a friend, relative or cause, your fund may be unrestricted or restricted. Because the Foundation is a public charity, you will receive maximum tax benefits of charitable giving and can be assured that every dollar will be used for the benefit of the community.

BCF Funds May Take the Form of:

  • Outright Gifts of Cash, Stock, or Other Assets – all of which qualify for maximum tax advantage.
  • Bequests – through estate planning
  • Planning a Future Gift – such as naming a community foundation as a beneficiary of an IRA or insurance policy.

The minimum amount required to establish a fund is $10,000. To help reach your philanthropic goals, we offer a “Build a Fund” option, which allows interested donors 5 years to reach the $10,000 minimum. In addition, we have a limited number of incentive opportunities available.

Guidelines/Rules for Establishing a Fund
For information regarding the establishment of a BCF Fund, please contact Executive Director Liza Petra at (203) 444-4898.


Learn More

• Read about Types of Funds
• See a List of BCF Funds & Highlights