Start a Fund

Local giving thrives here.

Founded in 1999, the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan provides expertise in all things charitable for local individuals, families, organizations, and businesses. We can help you start a charitable fund and then protect, grow, and direct its proceeds so that it can award grants or scholarships, now and forever.

  • $5,000 is all it takes to start a fund
  • Use our 501(c)(3) status to enable all donations to your fund to be tax deductible
  • No legal documents required to file with the IRS or the Attorney General
  • We handle all administrative details, including bank deposits, financial reports and donation acknowledgements
  • We offer maximum tax savings and flexibility

We support your fund with:

  • Sound Financial Management
    • Led by a group of local volunteers who are financial experts, the Community Foundation wisely manages an investment program that provides prudent stewardship of your fund. We provide quarterly fund statements to keep you up to date on the fund’s financials.
  • Legal Expertise
    • It is our responsibility to stay current with the latest IRS requirements related to charitable giving and grant making and to advise you on any changes that may affect your fund.
  • Community Insight
    • It is our business to understand and evaluate the ever-changing needs of our communities and to share that information with you.
  • Ease of Giving
    • We make it easy to establish or add to your fund, and we offer planned giving choices. We are here to help you accomplish your charitable goals. 

The Community Foundation provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. We offer a variety of tools to help people achieve their charitable goals. You can make a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to your community foundation. Most charitable gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law. Each donor has a unique giving experience, tailored to suit their situation and goals.

Megan Matthews (left), CFOS Director of Development and Elizabeth Rowley (right), CFOS President and CEO

For more information, contact Elizabeth Rowley (right), President and CEO at or Megan Matthews (left), Director of Development at

Warwick Playground Dreams
Warwick Playground Dreams raised money and built an adaptive community playground in Spring of 2019.