Create a Better Tomorrow…Today. Why Do We Have an Endowment Fund? [Your organization]



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Create a Better Tomorrow…Today.

Why Do We Have an Endowment Fund?
[Your organization] created an endowment fund with the Story County Community Foundation and their host foundation the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines to provide for our long-term stability. We can either spend 5% of the fund balance each year or allow the growth (through gifts/investment income) to build over a period of years to increase the size of the fund. The initial gift(s) that created the fund, along with the gifts that are added over the years, will be invested with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines to generate income to meet our future needs. As an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the Story County Community Foundation facilitates and promotes private giving through the establishment of endowments, acts as a resource for nonprofit endowment building, and awards grants for the betterment of Story County.
What is the Story County Community Foundation and why is our fund there?

The Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) was created in 2005 to provide a lasting source of income to meet community needs. SCCF helps administer charitable funds for individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and businesses. SCCF also awards grants to nonprofit organizations to enrich the lives of individuals who live in Story County.



  • Our endowment fund benefits from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines’ investment expertise and by its inclusion as part of a large portfolio.

  • The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines handles all administrative and investment responsibilities for our fund(s), freeing our staff and volunteers to concentrate on our mission.

  • Story County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines both employ gift-planning professionals who will help our donors make current and deferred gifts to our endowment fund.


How can donors contribute to our endowment fund?
Our endowment fund with the Story County Community Foundation gives donors – some of whom already support current operations and programs – the opportunity to provide for the future needs of [your organization]. There are many types of gifts and giving vehicles that provide donors with the maximum tax and financial benefits. They include:

  • A bequest, which is a deferred gift given through a donor’s will.

  • A life-income gift, which allows a donor to make a charitable gift and also receive a stream of income for life. One of the most common types of life-income gifts are charitable gift annuities.

  • IRA Charitable Rollovers.


To learn more about contributing to our endowment fund please contact:
Story County Community Foundation | PO Box 1666 | Ames, IA 50010-1666 | (515) 232-9200

storycounty@storycountyfoundation.org | www.storycountyfoundation.org
Story County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, an Iowa nonprofit located at 1915 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. This publication is for general purposes only and is not intended as legal or financial advice. Story County Community Foundation recommends that each person considering a gift consult with her or his own legal or financial advisor.




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