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Why would I give to the Allegan County Community Foundation instead of giving directly to the charity of my choice?
Donors may direct their gifts to funds the Foundation already holds for local organizations or causes, to the internal funds that allow the Foundation to award grants and operate, or they may want to establish their own Donor-Advised Fund. There are several advantages to contributing through the Foundation:
Do I need to inform the Foundation staff if I have included the Foundation in my will?
The short answer is no. The correct answer is that we can serve your intentions so much better if we know what you would like your gift to support. Through conversation with the Foundation staff we can make sure that your intentions are well documented and that the intentions you have today are respected and upheld far into the future.
What if one of the organizations I designate in my Donor-Advised Fund dissolves?
If you are still living, we will discuss the options with you. You may request us to research other organizations with a similar mission or you may choose to add a new non-profit to your list of potential grant recipients. If you are no longer living, we are obligated and committed to stay as closely aligned with your original intentions as possible. We are responsible for researching and determining other opportunities that may address the purpose for which your fund was established. Which reiterates the importance of capturing and documenting your intentions as well as possible.
The list of questions is endless but we hope we have addressed a few of the most important questions when considering a planned gift. We are always available to you or your advisor when additional questions arise.
Allegan County Community Foundation
524 Marshall Street
Allegan, Michigan 49010