"When ending a day you
should never say
'I should have'
but rather say
'I did'."


Start Your Own Fund

The Marshall Community Foundation successfully meets the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations administered by the Council on Foundations in Washington D.C. National Standards represents the highest measure of accountability and transparency in philanthropy.

Start Your Own Fund

Just as no two people are the same, no two Foundation funds are the same.  Each has its own unique personality and its unique purpose.

The Marshall Community Foundation recognizes that each donor has special needs, financial considerations, and charitable wishes.  We also know that the right gift method can make a difference in accomplishing your goals.  Therefore, we strive to be highly flexible in both the types of funds that can be established and the types of assets that can be used.

Choose when to give.

You can create a fund during your lifetime, in your estate plan, or through a trust arrangement that benefits your family and your favorite charities. Tax deductions are earned at the time of the gift, while grant making continues into the future.

Choose what to give.

You can start your fund with almost any kind of asset—cash, publicly traded securities, closely held stock, interests in limited partnerships, real estate, and tangible property. Gifts of long-term appreciated property earn tax deductions for their full market value.

Choose a name.

Every grant from your fund carries its name. Many people choose to name their fund for the donor, for the donor’s family, or as a memorial to someone special. You can also remain anonymous.

Choose a type of fund.

By establishing one of the five types of funds,  gifts can be directed to a specific agency or program, aimed at a broad field of interest, or made available for the most pressing current needs.

  • Unrestricted Funds, which address our community's changing and most urgent needs. 
  • Field of Interest Funds, which focus on your specific areas of personal interest, such as the arts or environment. 
  • Scholarship Funds, which help meet the cost of education. 
  • Donor-Advised Funds, which allow the opportunity to participate in grantmaking recommendations. 
  • Designated Funds, which benefit one or more specified charities.    

Your fund is administered according to your original wishes.  If, for some reason, your wishes were to become impossible or impracticable to fulfill, the fund would be redirected to match, as closely as possible, the spirit of your original intent. 

The Marshall Community Foundation pledges to manage your fund with the highest degree of professional expertise and ethical standards.




     giving together

     for the

     greater good.


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