What is a Community Foundation?
Board of Directors
How does it work?
Reasons to Give
Ways to Give
Types of Funds
Establishing a Fund
Tips on Giving Wisely
How can we help you?
Private Foundation Options
2018 2019 Scholarships
2018 Grant Information
Greater Topeka Fund & Healthy Lifestyles
Other Grant Opportunities
How it Works
You make a gift to the Topeka Community Foundation — you can give cash, appreciated securities, real estate, or other assets.
You sign a simple letter of direction, which establishes the fund, and choose a name for the fund. It may bear your name, the name of your family, the name of another person, or be a reflection of something that is important to you.
You receive tax benefits in the year your gift is made.
You recommend grants to support the causes and organizations you care about most, within and outside Topeka and Shawnee County.
Your suggestions are presented to our board of trustees for approval.
We handle all the administrative details and distribute grants to charities in the name of the fund you establish (if you prefer, grants can be made anonymously).
An excellent alternative to starting a private or family foundation
Gifts can be made when it is most convenient to the donor
Donors may advise on the use of the gift
Grant recommendations can be made at any time to public charities
A variety of assets are accepted
Donors receive maximum tax advantages under federal law
Donors may recommend the investment advisor to fund
Prohibited by Law through Donor Advised Funds
Distributions to any organization if not for a charitable purpose
Grants to individuals
Grants that directly benefit the donor
Legally enforceable pledges to organizations
Payment or reimbursement of expenses
Maintaining or accepting receipt of holdings in a "business enterprise" to extent that such holdings constitute a violation of the "excess business holdings rule" of the IRS
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