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Building for the Future: Creating a Non-Profit Endowment Fund

The Community Foundation is an ideal vehicle for building an endowment to help any non-profit organization better meet current challenges and provide long-term stability for the future of the organization. The Community Foundation provides investment oversight of the funds and many other services.

What is an agency endowment?

An agency endowment, which grows through gifts from generous donors and investment income, is a permanent pool of charitable dollars whose earnings benefit a specific organization. Only a portion of the earnings are spent for purposes determined by the nonprofit’s board, or in some cases, the wishes of the donor.

Who should create an endowment?

Organizations with an outstanding track record of service to the community, strong leadership and management, financial stability and accountability, a committed and diverse pool of donors, board and staff commitment to the effort, and the capacity to engage in this long-term fundraising strategy are the best candidates for endowment development.

Why does your organization need an endowment?

An endowment demonstrates that your organization has made a long-term commitment to your mission. It provides an additional source of annual income. Endowment earnings can be used each year to help fund operations, programs, and unanticipated needs.

Who can establish an agency endowment with the Foundation?

An agency endowment can be established by a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or by a donor of that organization.

How do you set up an endowment?

Your board can readily establish an endowment with the Community Foundation by completing an agency fund agreement and making an initial contribution of at least $5,000.

How can you build your endowment?

  •  Select a committee to plan the effort, fundraise, and meet with potential donors.
  • Create an endowment building plan which includes responsibilities of staff and board, strategy for building the endowment, an investment policy, a spending policy, a gift acceptance policy, a marketing plan and a donor recognition plan.
  • Seek donations of cash, appreciated securities or planned and deferred gifts.
  • Encourage donors to include your organization in their wills.
  • Become educated about endowment building and planned giving. Staff and Board must be able to explain the difference between annual fund, capital fund and an endowment.
  • Contact us. We can help simplify the endowment building process.

Upcoming Events

May
1
Mon
2017
6th Annual Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation Golf Event @ Blue Hill Golf Course
May 1 @ 12:00 pm

Our Signature Event Raising Funds For AVM Research

Lunch and Dinner

Silent Auction, Raffles and Short Program

May
9
Tue
2017
Professional Advisor Seminar @ Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center
May 9 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan’s Professional Advisors Council will host an educational seminar and networking event for accountants, attorneys, financial advisors, and insurance representatives on May 9, 2017. The seminar will feature speakers from the NY State Attorney General’s Office and the NY State Office of Taxation & Finance. It will run from 4:30-7:30 p.m., in the Larkin Conference Room, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY.

Pending approval, the seminar will offer two Continuing Legal Education or Continuing Professional Education credits for attorneys and accountants.

Sandra Giorno-Tocco, from the Attorney General’s office will talk about “The Role of the Attorney General in Detecting and Investigating Fraud, Embezzlement, and Diversion of Charitable Assets.” Afterwards, Mwisa Chisunka will provide an Inside Look at the NY State Tax Office, and provide a detailed discussion on estate taxes.

The event includes a buffet dinner. The cost is $35 for members of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and $40 for non-members. Full and partial scholarships, based on need, are available.  To register online visit http://cfosny.org/event, or call Sarah at (845) 769-9393.


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This seminar is sponsored by Goldstein, Karlewicz & Goldstein LLP; Orange County Bank & Trust; Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone Attorneys at Law; Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC; and The Misner Agency, Inc. co-Sponsors include the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Women’s Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties, a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of NY.

May
17
Wed
2017
Hudson Valley Gives @ Hudson Valley
May 17 all-day

Hudson Valley Gives is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Hudson Valley Gives is an initiative of Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. Visit the event website for more details.

May
25
Thu
2017
CFOS Full Board Meeting and Annual Retreat @ TBD
May 25 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Board Members ONLY. This is our Annual Board Retreat and more details will follow.

May
29
Mon
2017
Memorial Day – Office Closed
May 29 all-day
Jun
3
Sat
2017
Marcello’s Miracle Foundation evening of FUN! @ The Birchwood
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm

Tickets are $45 per person

-Buffet Dinner

-50/50 Raffles

-Silent Auction

-Tricky Tray

All proceeds go directly to Marcello’s Miracle Foundation
*Donations are tax deductible

Jun
15
Thu
2017
CFOS Finance Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Jun 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Finance Committee Members ONLY.

Jun
21
Wed
2017
CFOS Executive Committee Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank Corporate HQ - 2nd Floor Board Room
Jun 21 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Executive Committee Members ONLY.

Jul
4
Tue
2017
Independence Day – Office Closed
Jul 4 all-day
Jul
12
Wed
2017
CFOS Distribution Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Jul 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Distribution Committee Members ONLY.

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