Setting up your own named charitable giving fund is easy, rewarding, and doesn’t require great wealth.

We manage funds of virtually all sizes and shapes, from a minimum of $10,000 to tens of millions of dollars. For a modest management fee, we help grow your fund through sound investments, and work with you to distribute your charitable gifts to qualified nonprofit organizations that matter to you. We also research nonprofit organizations, so that you can know that the charity you’re supporting is well-run, in compliance with IRS rules and regulations, and that your donation will make an impact.

Whether you need a one-stop repository to track your historical philanthropic giving or a philanthropic partner to work with you to achieve your philanthropic goals, the Greater Washington Community Foundation is the region's go-to resource. 


You're supporting your favorite causes in lots of ways. Volunteering, serving on boards, donating food and clothing, celebrating at events, and purchasing products that support a cause are just a few of the ways you are making a difference in the lives of others. At the center of your philanthropy is charitable giving. By working with us and setting up your own fund, you can organize and maximize your financial support of charitable organizations.


Philanthropy is an important part of your family's traditions and values. You enjoy involving your children and grandchildren in your charitable giving. Not only do you want to deepen those intergenerational connections, but you also are committed to leaving a legacy to your children, grandchildren, and community. You can do all of this through planning and tools to continue support of the causes you love. That's exactly what our team will help you do.   


The rise of social media and a growing focus on community impact in our society means that we are now living in a social impact culture. Today's business leaders are excited about the growth opportunities made possible because of the social impact culture mindset of their employees and customers. By establishing a corporate fund, you can work with our team to organize and celebrate your company's financial support of its favorite causes. 


Download a sample Fund Agreement to see how easy it is to create your own fund.

Check out this Comparison Chart to learn the benefits of establishing a fund compared with other vehicles.

Read our Donor Handbook to learn about our guidelines for fund administration.


Find out how easy it is to make contributions and recommend grants from your fund.

Download instructions for wire transfers and a list of steps to contribute securities.

For information about giving complex assets, such as real estate and closely-held stock, contact Joanne Pipkin.


We look forward to working together to discover the type of fund that's right for you. Your options include donor-advised funds, scholarship funds, field of interest funds, endowments, corporate foundation funds, funds established by private foundations, memorials, designated funds, and bequests. We also offer funds that can be established by nonprofits for reserves or endowments.