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Establish a Fund

Charitable funds at the Community Foundation provide your clients a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving.   We have a variety of fund types available to meet the specific needs of your clients.


Contact us to establish a fund for your clients at the Community Foundation or establish a fund online with our secure form. View additional information about administrative fees.

Fund Types

Donor Advised Funds

Donor advised funds are flexible and convenient, allowing donors to support a variety of causes anytime they choose...Donor Advised Funds


Affiliate Funds

The Community Foundation works with a statewide network of professional advisors and their clients. Affiliate funds are established for clients outside of the Greater Des Moines area interested in giving back to their communities...Affiliate Funds


Agency Funds

An agency fund is established by a local nonprofit organization to serve as the endowment that supports its future operations...Agency Funds


Better Together Funds

Visionary philanthropists with broad charitable interests are making sure their gifts last forever by establishing funds that benefit the Better Together Fund. These flexible dollars provide the Community Foundation's Board of Directors with the ability to respond to emerging community needs...Better Together Funds


Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between a donor and the Community Foundation by which a portion of the amount transferred to the Community Foundation establishes a fund to benefit a charity of the donor's choice and the remainder is returned to a designated recipient as scheduled income payments...Charitable Gift Annuities


Committee Advised Funds

Committee advised funds are established by groups who wish to make grants to the charities of their choice. The committee collectively identifies the causes it will support...Committee Advised Funds


Designated Funds

Designated funds are established by a donor to benefit a specific organization and maintain assets that help ensure the sustainability of the organization. Distribution of investment income to the chosen organization is made on an annual basis, creating a stable income stream...Designated Funds


Field of Interest Funds

Field of interest funds connect donors with their passions and specific areas of need in the community. Education, the arts, the environment and disadvantaged youth and families are a few areas donors can support through these funds. The Community Foundation awards grants to community organizations and programs that are making a difference in the areas selected...Field of Interest Funds


Legacy Funds

Donors establish legacy funds to receive their planned gifts and personally communicate how their charitable contributions will forever benefit their favorite charities...Legacy Funds


Scholarship Funds

Donors may establish scholarship funds to benefit students of a particular school, geographic region, educational discipline, gender or other designation...Scholarship Funds


Seed Funds

Seed funds allow donors to build their funds to $10,000 over a period with an initial contribution of $1,000 and a minimum annual contribution of $600. Once $10,000 is accumulated, donors can start supporting the causes they care about most. An administrative fee is not charged until the fund grows to $10,000...Seed Funds



For more information

Lynne Yontz, CAP®

Chief Charitable Giving Officer

Phone (515) 447-4203