The Foundation offers a more highly personalized giving and grantmaking experience to its fund holders. With nearly 100 years in the community, the Foundation has a long reputation of working with individuals and families to bring their mission to life and ensure their wishes are followed, even after they are gone.
Donors can create a Foundation fund at no cost and without the burden of administrative details. Unlike a private foundation, their fund is not subject to excise taxes or a minimum annual distribution. With a Foundation fund, donors make as many grants as they want each year from their fund -- or none at all. The Foundation performs the due diligence and provides all administrative services including any IRS filings. In addition, our Community Investment staff members are available to provide in-depth and helpful information on agencies that address their areas of interest.
For as little as $25,000, your client can start a Foundation fund and there are no start up costs. Or, with an Acorn Fund, your client could slowly build their fund over time by making a monthly gift of $100 or annual gift of $1,200.
By having your client’s charitable goals and wishes spelled out in a gift agreement, the Foundation is ready to immediately begin fulfilling their vision when the fund is established. Because we take our role as stewards of our donors’ charitable wishes very seriously, we consider the agreement as our contract with your client and we are committed to following their intent forever.
There is no cost to start a fund. A competitive annual administrative fee is assessed on all funds and varies by fund type.
Foundation donors may choose from four investment pools – the GMF Investment Pool or one of our three trustee banks – U.S. Bank, BMO Global Asset Management, and JPMorgan Chase Trust. All investment pools follow the asset allocation guidelines set forth by the Foundation’s volunteer Investment Committee and are closely monitored by the committee.
Grants can be made to qualified charities anywhere in the United States or around the world.
Your client may name two or more generations of family advisers to their fund. For funds with a balance of more than $200,000, an unlimited number of generations may be named. Learn more about this generational giving opportunity through the story of the Jorgensen family.
Easy to understand sample gift language is available online to help your clients start thinking about their charitable giving. If you would like more information about how the Foundation can help, contact Tim Larson.