Starting a Donor Advised Fund with BCF is a convenient and flexible way for individuals, families, and businesses to make a tax deductible gift today, while guiding philanthropy and strengthening local communities into tomorrow!
Lauren Wright, Executive Director
With your fund, you can:
Support Organizations You Care About:
Your Fund is the most efficient way to support all of the organizations you care about through one simple channel.
Optimize Your Tax Benefits:
Take an immediate deduction for up to 50% of your Adjusted Gross Income on cash gifts, or up to 30% for gifts of appreciated securities. You may also avoid capital gains by making a gift of appreciated securities. Deductions may be taken all in one year or carried over for up to five years.
Establish a Family Legacy:
Your Fund allows you to build a powerful legacy that can be shared with your spouse or partner and passed down to your children and grandchildren.
Diversify Your Giving:
Our staff of experts can research Yellowstone County non-profits that fit your interests.
Co-Invest with Others:
Use your Fund to align your giving with the Foundation’s Grantmaking and other like-minded donors.
Allow the Billings Community Foundation to identify changing needs and opportunities in our community, and respond quickly where your dollars will be most effective. Unrestricted gifts to the Community Fund are awarded annually to qualifying non-profits throughout the region in a competitive grant cycle.
Donors, Businesses, or Civic groups may establish a Scholarship funds with the Billings Community Foundation designated to benefit a specific institution or student at any level of academic pursuit. These funds are often established to encourage a particular field of study, honor a founder or long-time employee, or memorialize a loved one and can be recognized at the Annual Grant Awards Ceremony.
A Special Project can be customized to support a specific charitable program or project – generally utilized as a financial investment tool during a capital campaign or construction project for a non-profit organization. Donors may make charitable contributions and those funds are distributed in accordance with the donor’s instructions or on a schedule that best fits the needs of the project.
Establishing Permanent Endowments for Perpetual Support
Support the Billings Community Foundation’s mission to meet the needs of the Greater Yellowstone Valley Region of Montana through grantmaking and special initiatives. A permanently endowed fund, the “Legacy Fund’ is a strategic way to effectively grow the capacity and services offered by the Foundation and help ensure the important work of the Billings Community Foundation in perpetuity throughout the region.
A Donor Designated Endowment Fund is similar to a Donor Advised Fund, but allows the donor to provide perpetual support to one or more of their favorite causes while also taking advantage of the Montana Endowment Tax Credit. Gifts are made to establish or contribute to a Montana based charitable organization, and a percentage of the income earned is dispersed annually. A great alternative to a family or corporate foundation, advisors may identify specific organizations or causes to support and work with the Billings Community Foundation staff to recommend distributions recognized at the Annual Grant Awards Ceremony.
Establishing an Agency Endowment Fund with the Billings Community Foundation is a simple and efficient way to build an ongoing source of income for your charitable organization can depend on. We manage the funds so non-profit staff and volunteers can focus on the programs and activities that further your mission.