FAQ's

What types of organizations can I recommend for grants?
The grantee must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. If you have a question about a particular organization, please contact our Development department.

Can I recommend a grant to an individual?
Generally, no. According to IRS regulations, The Community Foundation can make distributions only to qualifying nonprofit organizations. Our staff conducts due diligence on all organizations for documentation of nonprofit status. Scholarship grants are possible; however, the grant recipient will be responsible for any tax liability. Please contact our Development department for more information.

Can I recommend grants to organizations outside the Washington metropolitan region?
Yes. Donors may recommend grants to any qualified 501(c)(3) public charity or operating foundation in the country.

Can I recommend a multi-year grant from my fund?
Yes. At the time of your recommendation, please indicate that you wish the gift to be made in increments and specify the timeframe. We will administer the distribution and payment schedule. Please remember you may not pay a pre-existing, legally-binding pledge from your fund.

Who can recommend grants from my fund?
Anyone on record as an advisor for your fund can recommend grants from your fund. The Foundation will consider written requests to add additional advisors to your fund.

What happens to my fund after my lifetime?
We encourage you to name a successor advisor(s) to succeed you in making grant recommendations for your fund. For more information, visit the "Estate Planning" section of our website.

Can I recommend grants anonymously?
Yes. You can request that the following be anonymous: fund name; donor name(s); both fund name and donor name. In addition, you may request that the fund name not appear in The Community Foundation’s Annual Report.

Can I change the name of my fund?
Yes. A written request to change the name of the fund is required.

I want to make grants to a specific type of organization but I am not familiar with any. Can the Foundation help me identify some programs?
Yes. The Foundation’s Community Investment team is highly knowledgeable about a wide variety of programs and will be glad to work with you to identify grant recipients.

May I serve on the board of an organization and recommend a grant from my fund to this organization?
Yes, as long as you receive no personal benefit from the grant.