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Thank you for placing your trust in the Hamilton Community Foundation. Your gift or creation of a permanent fund ensures that the issues, charities and the community you care about will be supported by you, forever.

The Hamilton Community Foundation offers a variety of services and tools to help you make the most of your charitable dollars and enjoy a meaningful giving experience: Our staff is here to assist you with your philanthropic planning.

We are your partner in helping you map out your giving goals. Our staff works closely with donors and their families, helping them to develop a philanthropic vision and personal giving plan that meets their objectives. Hamilton Community Foundation is a collection of more than 900 individually established funds, each one representing the vision of an individual, family or organization and their belief in the power of endowment and philanthropy. Each fund is designed to better the community, leave a legacy or inspire others to continue the work of the Foundation.

Donor Recognition or Donor Anonymity.When you make a gift, or a gift from from your fund, an award letter recognizing you by name as the donor is generally sent to the grantee organization. However, if you wish to remain anonymous, we will ensure that your identity is kept confidential.

Learning and Networking Opportunities. Our Annual Meeting, generally held each November, features thought-provoking discussion forums as well as the President’s report on our work over the past year. We invite and encourage all of our donors to attend this evening event. Community Foundation offers various publications, distributed to all donors free-of-charge, Pathways To Giving  our newsletter. 

Assurance. The Foundation verifies all grant distributions through a rigorous due diligence process, ensuring that the recommended nonprofit organization is a registered public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.    

Making grants from your fund.  Those with a donor advised fund have access to the Donor Portal where you can easily manage your charitable giving. 

Professional Investment Management. Nearly 70 years of proven experience in sound financial stewardship enables you to make the most of your investment. That means you can concentrate less on managing your fund and more on your philanthropic goals.

Fund Administration and Reporting. We manage all donor funds according to the highest standards of accountability. An annual audit is conducted and an additional independent committee of professionals reviews the results.

Financial Reports for You.  On your donor portal, you have immediate access  of your funds activities. Formal fund statements are run on an annual basis. This  financial report provides the gifts received, investment returns and grantmaking activity of your fund.  By managing accounting and record keeping for your fund, we relieve you of administrative tasks and IRS reporting. 

Helping you build a permanent legacy through planned giving. Our staff is available to help with charitable estate-planning, working with professional advisor(s), including insurance agents, financial planners, and estate/trust attorneys. We help donors explore strategies to reduce taxes and increase their income, while building a permanent philanthropic legacy.