Community Foundation Brochure

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The TheCommunity CommunityFoundation Foundation of ofthe the Rappahannock RappahannockRiver RiverRegion Region

The Community Foundation is a non-proďŹ t organization that manages and distributes charitable giving in the Rappahannock River region. Our goal is to promote greater philanthropy by addressing the challenges faced by donors in a responsible and knowledgeable manner. We distinguish ourselves from other local charities by providing efďŹ cient and effective services to build a collection of permanent funds.

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The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region

We’re here to provide a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving.

Opening a fund at The Community Foundation is easy:

The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region is a nonprofit, public charity established by local community leaders for the people of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline Counties and the City of Fredericksburg. We are a collection of many different charitable funds, each separately accounted for, and each with its own design and purpose. A typical fund is established with a gift that is invested in perpetuity and the earnings are used to make annual grants. We distribute grants from those funds throughout the Rappahannock River region in the areas of Arts and Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment, and Health and Human Services.

The Community Foundation handles all administrative details and issues grant awards to charities in the name of the donor’s fund (if you prefer, the grants can be made anonymously).


We build endowment funds that benefit the community forever by investing principal, then using the investment return to make charitable grants.

The donor will receive a tax benefit the year the gift is made.


We help donors establish a personal legacy by creating permanent funds in their names.

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We offer ways for donors to stay involved in identifying uses for their charitable gifts.


We provide a personalized donor service to support each donor’s unique charitable interests and financial circumstances.


We accept a wide variety of assets; donors can make gifts of cash, appreciated stocks, bonds, real estate or other assets.

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We offer the maximum tax advantage under federal law.


We practice prudent stewardship and carefully manage each fund.

Donors can make gifts through The Community Foundation by giving cash, appreciated stocks, real estate, or other assets. We set up a special fund in the name of the donor, family or business, or in honor of any person or organization you choose. The donor recommends uses for the fund, working with our professional grantmaking staff and Board of Governors to support the programs and agencies he or she cares about most. Donor recommendations are presented to the Community Foundation Board for approval.

We’re here to provide a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving. We do this by offering a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals and do good work that lasts forever within our communities.

Ten reasons people give through The Community Foundation.

We are a local foundation that meets a broad range of ever-changing local needs. We provide a simple way to fulfill multiple charitable interests that enables donors to give through us to a number of charitable organizations.

We help preserve donor intent, even if an organization receiving grants ceases to exist in the future.