How to Start a Fund

Starting a fund at The Community Foundation is quick and easy – in most cases, the fund is operational in less than 24 hours. It can be done by you on behalf of your client, or you may refer your client to us directly.

Your client will receive a tax deduction at the time the fund is established and when additional contributions are made to the fund.

The Process

Identify your client’s charitable purpose(s) or intent(s).
This can range from highly specific – for example, an alma mater -- to general in scope, such as “general charitable purposes.”

Select the type of fund that best fulfills that purpose or intent.
Consult the "Types of Funds" section of this website for details.

Complete a simple governing document.
Our staff can help you to complete an official document that makes your clients' intentions clear.

Name the fund.
Fund names may take virtually any form – the donor’s name or family name, a cause-related name, or something else entirely. Donors also may choose to remain anonymous. Depending on the type of fund established, your client should designate current fund advisors, such as yourself and your spouse, and successor advisors such as your children. This information will be included in the governing document.

Activate the fund by making an establishing gift.
See the "Options for Giving" section of this website for details. Once the fund is established, your client can:

  • Add to the fund at any time, in any dollar amount.
  • Specify how grant disbursements should be acknowledged. Donors may make a grant using their fund’s name or they may remain anonymous.
  • Make grants to any nonprofit organization across the United States.


For more information:

Starlet Hunter

Director, Corporate and Professional Services 

(202) 263-4763