Establish a Fund

Establishing your own named charitable fund is easy, and the Athens Area Community Foundation provides a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving. We are happy to work with you to accomplish your charitable goals.

  1. Determine your charitable purpose
  2. Select the type of fund– Staff will discuss the options and help you select a fund that meets your charitable purpose.
  3. Select a name for your fund– Funds may be named for you, your family or business, or in honor of any person or organization you choose. You may also choose a fund name that allows you to remain anonymous.
  4. Complete a fund agreement– This simple governing document clearly outlines your intentions. For some funds you will designate advisors such as yourself, your spouse and successor advisors who may be your children or other family members.
  5. Make your gift to establish the fund– See Ways to Give for the types of contributions you may make.
  6. Receive a tax deduction– You receive a tax deduction in the year the fund is established and anytime thereafter you make additional gifts to the fund.

Manage Your Fund

AACF makes giving through your fund easy. We hope you find joy in your giving and are here to help you accomplish your charitable goals. Through your fund you may recommend grants to organizations you have supported for years or you can work with Foundation staff to learn about new organizations and programs you may want to consider funding.

Recommend a Grant– You can make grants in the name of your fund or anonymously by completing a Grant Recommendation Form. For donor advised funds you can recommend grants to nonprofit organizations locally or throughout the United States.

Add to Your Fund– You may add to your Fund at anytime. We accept a wide variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving.

Utilize Staff Expertise– AACF is here to help connect you with initiatives and organizations that meet your goals and local needs. We are happy to assist you to make sure you get the most out of your giving.