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Fund types tailored to your client’s charitable goals

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Just as each of your clients has a unique estate plan and financial plan to meet the client’s particular situation and goals, each of your philanthropic clients needs a unique charitable giving plan. For example, for some clients, giving shares of highly-appreciated stock consistently every year to their fund at Kitsap Community Foundation makes the most sense for their charitable goals and their mix of assets. For other clients, leaving a bequest to Kitsap Community Foundation to support specific areas of interest is the best fit for the client’s financial situation and community priorities.  

Kitsap Community Foundation offers expertise and charitable giving vehicles to meet a wide range of clients’ needs. In many cases, a single client can benefit from setting up multiple funds of different types. 

Here’s a quick primer on a few of the most popular fund types.

Donor-advised Fund

A donor-advised fund enables your client to establish a specific account for charitable giving. Your client makes tax-deductible contributions of cash (or, ideally, stock or other highly-appreciated assets) to the fund, and then recommends grants to favorite charities. This type of fund is the best kept secret in philanthropy, and is especially useful when experiencing an influx of wealth during a calendar year.

Unrestricted Fund

Kitsap Community Foundation has its finger on the pulse of the community’s most pressing issues. An unrestricted fund gives your client the opportunity to support community needs that can’t be identified until the future. One of the biggest benefits of partnering with Kitsap Community Foundation  is that we’re here in perpetuity and allowyour clients and their families to offer support to nonprofits as need arise and priorities in our region shift. 

Field-of-interest Fund

Clients who want to target their giving to specific areas of community need (such as education, health, environment, or the arts) can set up a field-of-interest fund to establish parameters for grant making under the ongoing guidance and expertise of Kitsap Community Foundation staff. A field-of-interest fund also ensures that your client’s gifts will be stewarded well and protects against mismanagement in a particular nonprofit.

Designated Fund

A designated fund allows a client to direct giving to a specific agency or purpose. Over time, Kitsap Community Foundation's staff manages the distributions from the fund according to the terms established by your client. A designated fund can exist in perpetuity or have a sunset clause, which ever your client prefers. And should the designated nonprofit go out of business, the staff at KCF will ensure that the gift is used for a purpose aligned with your intent.

Agency Fund

An agency fund is similar to a designated fund, except in the case of an agency fund, the source of the initial contribution is the beneficiary nonprofit organization itself, not a donor or donors as is the case with a designated fund. If your client serves on boards of directors of charities, they’d likely be interested in learning more about agency funds. Indeed, if you represent nonprofit organizations and their board members in your practice, it’s helpful to keep in mind that organizations frequently establish agency funds at Kitsap Community Foundation to set aside and grow endowment reserves, project-specific funds, or rainy day funds. Our team is adept at navigating the specific accounting standards that are unique to these types of arrangements and our agency fundholders constantly tell us how much they appreciate all we do.

Scholarship Fund

Clients can set up funds to support students’ educational pursuits based on the parameters and application requirements they outline with help from the experts at Kitsap Community Foundation

Here’s a pro tip: If you represent clients who are age 70 ½ and older, consider recommending a Qualified Charitable Distribution from a client’s IRA to a fund KCF. All of the fund types noted above are eligible recipients, with the exception of only the donor-advised fund.

We look forward to working together to discover the type of fund (or funds!) at Kitsap Community Foundation that could be a good fit for each client’s unique charitable giving needs. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can help connect your client with the causes that call to their hearts.


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