Tips for Giving Wisely

"Supporting the Community Foundation of Johnson County now provides for the present and future vitality of our community."

Susan and Sandy Boyd (pictured with great granddaughter Heather Harper)


Budget for giving

Plan your philanthropic activities into your budget just as you would other financial obligations.

Be an informed giver

Give only when you feel comfortable that your dollars will support an organization you know and believe in.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you’re asked to give.  For example:

  • What is the specific name of the solicitor?
  • What is his or her relationship to the organization?
  • How much of your gift will be used for administrative overhead?
  • What specific projects will your money be used to support?  

Keep the correct records

You will receive a receipt as a confirmation of tax-deductible contributions for gifts you make to a charitable fund at the Community Foundation.

Grants made from your fund will not be acknowledged with a receipt, as you have already received a deduction and an acknowledgement (in the form of a thank you) for the original gift.

Ask about matching gifts

Be sure to ask your company if it can help stretch your gift even further. Many employers match gifts made by their employees or make grants to organizations recommended by employees.

Remember, your gift can be confidential

If you prefer to have gifts from your charitable fund remain confidential, just let us know.  We will maintain your anonymity.

Consider alternative forms of giving

Ask your tax adviser or attorney to help you create the best plan for you and your family. Be aware of the benefits you and your cause can receive from bequests, gift annuities, gifts-in-kind, endowments and many other creative forms of giving.


Consider giving your time and skills. You’ll make contacts, hone your skills and learn more about the charitable causes you support. 

Don't forget you have the right to say no

If you’re unsure or feel uncomfortable — or if an organization simply falls outside your plan for giving — don’t be afraid to say no. Ask for more information and time to think before making your decision.

Be a proactive giver

You don’t have to wait to be asked. Plan a giving strategy in advance. Consult with Community Foundation of Johnson County staff about how your gifts can make a real difference in the community.

We are here to help you with all aspects of your giving. If you have questions, please contact us.