December 2015
#Giving Tuesday - December 1st! 

Join us TODAY in support of the #Giving Tuesday movement!  During the hustle and bustle of the holidays its important to take a moment to support the less fortunate.  A gift to the Community Foundation allows you to do just that and support many worthy organizations with just one gift.  Today on #GivingTuesday your gift will go even farther with matching gifts available today only through Network For Good!  Take a look at this video for more information on #GivingTuesday. 

2014-2015 Annual Report

Thank you for your support over the years!  Take a look at our latest Annual Report and see what you have enabled us to achieve.  None of our work is possible without our donors!
8 Tips For Year End Giving  

1. Talk to your advisor.  Before making any
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significant gift to charity, you should have your CPA, attorney, or other advisor help you to understand the impact of your gift on your income tax return and estate.

2. Consider your income.  Take the time to do some planning while you still have the opportunity to make a year-end gift. Try to get a handle on your tax liability for the year. Did your unearned income increase? Did you sell any appreciated assets? Will you owe more taxes? If you take the time now to assess these important issues, it may motivate you to increase your giving before December 31.

3. Review your stocks.  Look at the stocks you have held for more than one year. Which ones have appreciated the most? If you're inclined to make a charitable gift anyway, it may be prudent for you to make your year-end gift using one of more of these stocks.  

4. Do your giving early and complete your gift before the end of the year.  A gift by check is complete when mailed (postmarked) to the charitable recipient, even if it isn't cashed until the following year. Gifts by credit card are complete when your credit card account is charged, allowing you to make a gift before year-end, but pay for it in January.  

5. Know the meaning of "deductible."  Remember that only donations to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations are deductible. There are many worthy causes out there that do not qualify for a charitable contribution deduction.  
6. Do you have more than enough?  Consider utilizing retirement plan assets, life insurance policies or annuities to make a gift to charity. If you're receiving unneeded taxable income from these vehicles, there are a number of highly tax-advantaged ways to make these assets work for both you and the causes you support.  

7. Explore employer gift matching programs.  Many companies have gift matching programs that can help you leverage your generous gift into a gift of up to twice the original amount of your donation.

8. Be a proactive giver.  Instead of responding to direct solicitations, donors can make a significant difference to their charities of choice by being more organized givers. Giving vehicles such as those available through The Community Foundation provide simple ways to turn reactive contributions into effective giving over time, while maximizing tax advantages.

Fund Spotlight!
The Evans Library Fund was established in 2010 by Dr. Eugene Evans to support the Danville Public Library.  Yearly grants are made to the library to support their work and promote lifelong reading.  Donations can be made to this fund at any time and they can be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. 

Don't Forget!
~ Final Grant Reports are due December 16th!  These must be submitted in a timely manner in order to remain eligible for future funding.  Please contact our office with any questions.

~ Our scholarship cycle opens on January 1st!  Don't wait, start you application early.  The deadline to apply is Monday, February 29th.  
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