Power of Endowment

Planting a seed today will grow giving forever. 

What is an endowment?

By establishing an endowment at the Community Foundation today, you plant a seed that will grow to benefit the community forever. The endowment is invested over time. Earnings from the endowment are used to make gifts to the charities of your choice and address community needs. The endowment, and all future earnings from the endowment, are a permanent source of community capital, fostering good work today and in the future.

Legacy and stability

Establishing an endowment makes a difference in the community now and provides a gift that will last forever. Grants will continue to be made in the name of the fund established so your charitable wishes are preserved.


To ensure dollars for the future, the Community Foundation recommends an annual 5 percent distribution rate of dollars given back to the community.

Giving experts

When you work with the Community Foundation to achieve your charitable goals, you benefit from the expertise of our experienced local staff. The Community Foundation matches you with community causes you care deeply about and offers extensive knowledge about local charitable organizations and emerging community needs, helping you make informed and impactful decisions about giving.


We provide professional fund management and investment expertise. The ability to combine funds into professionally managed portfolios allows the Community Foundation to access diverse investment opportunities.

For more information

Sheila Kinman, CAPĀ®

Chief Advancement Officer


Phone (515) 447-4207