Ways to Give

Donors may give to establish a fund or to add to an existing fund using a variety of giving vehicles. Here are a few ideas.

  • A current gift of cash
  • A bequest made through your will or estate.
  • Appreciated Securities – A donor pays no capital gains tax and receives an income tax charitable deduction on the full fair market value of the stock.
  • Closely Held Stock – There are innovative ways to donate closely held stock through the Foundation.
  • Life Insurance – A donor may purchase a new policy or donate an existing policy, naming the Foundation as the beneficiary.
  • Retirement Funds – Depending on your age, current gifts of IRAs can save substantially on income taxes or estate taxes.
  • Real Property – The Foundation may accept real property upon review by the Investment Committee.
  • Trusts – Various types of charitable trusts can be established to meet your needs and benefit the Foundation.

Types of Funds

Designated Funds let donors support a specific organization or organizations. The donors name the charitable recipients. The Foundation administers gifts to the charities annually. In addition, the Foundation makes sure the charity remains eligible to receive gifts over time. When circumstances change and an organization no longer exists, the Foundation ensures the annual grants are redirected to an appropriate organization keeping in mind the donor’s original intent.

Donor Advised Funds allow the donor, the donor’s spouse, and/or donor’s specified family members to suggest grant recipients from their fund without the administrative responsibilities of a private foundation.

Field of Interest Funds allow a donor to specify a “field”, such as education, the arts, human services, the environment, or a particular community to receive the earnings from the fund.

Scholarship Funds may be tailored to a particular geographic, academic or other criterion to award grants to benefit students at any education level, or for a specific institution.

Agency Funds protect capital for the future of the benefiting organization and provide rewards of broader investment management. Individuals and corporations are invited to establish or add to these endowments.

Unrestricted Funds are not specifically designated for use by a particular agency, cause or area of interest. Our Board of Directors oversees the use of these funds, setting priorities for their use and determining how grants will be distributed to support the charitable needs of our community.

View McPherson County Community Foundation Funds List.


The McPherson County Community Foundation is required by IRS regulations to submit Form 990 reflecting all contributions, grants, investments and operating expenses related to the organization. Copies of Form 990 and to the extent the organization may need to file Form 990-T will be available upon request. Copies of the independent, financial audit of the McPherson County Community Foundation will also be made available upon request.
Grant guidelines, gift acceptance policies, and investment policies have been established by the MCCF Board of Directors as guidance for basic operations. Copies of each policy or guidelines are also available upon request.
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