Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Why choose the Community Foundation for your charitable giving?

Since 1991, we’ve been connecting people who care with causes that matter right here in St. Joseph County. Our combined assets and endowment are worth more than $190 million making us one of the largest community foundations in Indiana and one of the top 100 in the country. We know the strengths and the needs of St. Joseph County, and we’re here forever— that’s the power of endowment.

There are many ways to give within the Community Foundation. You can choose among multiple funds that reflect your charitable intentions; you can support your favorite charity's endowment fund, or you can create your own fund. The Community Foundation offers two types of donor-advised funds, which allow you (and your family, if you choose) to be actively involved in directing your philanthropy: 1) donor-advised endowed funds, and 2) donor-advised pass-through funds. This chart explains the differences between these two fund types.

Give now—cash, marketable securities, retirement assets—or give later through your will, a trust, or other options. Whatever your choose, your gift to the Community Foundation will continue to grow and benefit our community forever, creating a brighter future for all of us.

You can learn more about all of those options in our 20-page Guide to Giving brochure.


Del and Nancy Meyer

Donor Story

Del and Nancy Meyer

Del and Nancy Meyer champion the cause of animal welfare—and they've worked with the Community Foundation to create endowed resources that will support that cause long into the future.

“What we like about creating endowment,” says Del, “is that it allows smaller donors like us to combine contributions with others into something bigger.”

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