Create a Fund

There are so many ways for you to give to your community, and creating a fund is one of the best. When you create a fund at the Community Foundation, you create an investment that will continue to grow and give for generations to come. You can choose which type of fund you would like, which kind of charities it may contribute to, and name the fund. Some donors choose to name their funds in memory of loved ones, some for the causes they believe in most, and others choose to remain anonymous. Whatever you choose, the Community Foundation will be there to help you in your aim to help others.

As a donor, you’ll also receive the benefit of the Community Foundation’s professional grant and gift processing. We maintain an investment program that preserves and enhances the real value of funds, and we provide accurate and timely information about gifts made to our funds. The Community Foundation is here to help you give and to make your gifts meet their maximum potential.


1. Choose a name for your fund.

2. Choose your purpose / criteria.

3. Decide what amount you want to award annually.

4. Donate the amount to principal of the endowment so that it will generate the annual award (based on foundation spending policy). $5,000 minimum is required before a grant can be awarded from a fund.

Professional Advisors

Partner with the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation

CRCF works with professional advisors to connect with donors who wish to give to the community and create a legacy based on their charitable intentions and ideals. For more than 25 years, we have served the community by providing a medium through which scholarships and other types of charitable grants can be awarded and distributed.

By partnering with CRCF professional advisors – such as a financial planners, insurance agents, attorneys, and accountants – are able to help their clients achieve their personal financial and charitable goals. Working together we are able to help donors create a fund or leave a legacy in the community, all while meeting the charitable and tax objectives of your clients.

The Foundation coordinates all the components needed for establishing a charitable fund. We assist with transfer of assets, provide acknowledgments and tax receipts, handle record keeping and reporting, process grants, check eligibility of recipients and provide fund statements to keep your client – and you – informed.

So partner with us; we can help make your clients’ philanthropic intentions into perpetual realities.