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The highlight of 2020 for Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area was our 'Community Impact' work. The magnitude and creativity of how we deployed Community Endowment resources was significantly greater than any other year in recent history. The flexibility of the Community's Endowment allowed us to respond swiftly and meaningfully to unique new needs, while the breadth of the Community's Endowment allowed us to continue strengthening our community today, tomorrow, and forever.
Outdoor Discovery Center - ecoSystem Education Network
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council - Creating a Green Infrastructure Vision for the Macatawa Watershed
Ladder Homes - Housing Capacity Expansion
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan - Holland/Zeeland Career Training Center
Beacon of Hope - Building Campaign
The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area is pleased to announce the awarding of 17 grants totaling $568,604 from the Community’s Endowment in 2019.
Dear Friends of the Foundation,
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a great year ahead.
I write to you today filled with gratitude and excitement. Over the last few years, you have heard me talk extensively about how the Community Foundation’s work is divided into two parts: building our Community’s Endowment and providing Donor Services.
From 2015–2017, we prioritized the Community’s Endowment side of our work as we engaged in our Today. Tomorrow. Forever. Campaign for our Community’s Endowment. With the momentum of some very generous matching donations, we spent a significant amount of time and energy elevating the important role that our Community’s Endowment plays in the long-term vitality of the Holland/Zeeland area. You all responded in amazingly generous ways that grew our Community’s Endowment by $5 million “Today” and our pipeline of “Tomorrow” estate gift commitments by more than $30 million.
With the campaign wrapped up and with the new Federal income tax law changes taking effect, in 2018 we prioritized the Donor Service side of our work. We spent time with companies, families and professional advisors highlighting the various tools we have to make giving as efficient and effective as possible. We were astounded and humbled by the deep generosity of many in our community as we received close to $20 million in contributions to Donor Service funds here at CFHZ. These gifts ranged in size from $25 to $7 million, and combined with nearly $1 million in gifts to our Community’s Endowment, led to CFHZ’s 2018 contributions totaling close to $21 million. That is more than double our previous high of $9.7 million!
These resources will impact many individuals and nonprofits in the Holland/Zeeland area, and we are honored that many of you chose to partner with CFHZ to help you best achieve your charitable goals.
For me, this record year says two things:
1. Our community is deeply generous and is committed to making a difference in the lives of others and
2. The hard work of so many staff and board members over the last 65 years has made the Community Foundation a trusted partner for many local families and companies.
Nothing inspires me more than having witnessed and felt these two things in profound ways over the last few months. It is a privilege to serve this organization and work with you all!
There was much more that happened during the year, but the above list aggregates some of the highlights from my perspective.
It was an inspiring year here at CFHZ and I want to thank each of you for all that you have done, and continue to do, to partner with the Community Foundation to ensure that the Holland/Zeeland area thrives Today, Tomorrow and Forever.
With deep gratitude,
The leaves have changed color, snowflakes have begun to fall, and turkeys will soon go in the oven in preparation for family and friends gathering together. It is a time of year that for many inspires gratitude and generosity. At the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, we are grateful for the community we serve and the many generous individuals who give back with their time, talent and treasure to make this place we call home so special. If you are considering how you will make a difference this year, consider these tips to make your charitable dollars go further.
It’s been another year of strong investment markets. If you have stock, bonds or mutual funds you’ve owned for at least a year and have appreciated in value, it is likely a better asset to donate than cash. If you donate the appreciated asset as a gift to charity you will avoid paying capital gains tax while getting a tax deduction on the full market value.For example, in 2017 you bought shares of XYZ Corporation for $100 per share. Today, those shares are worth $200 per share. If you sell the share, you’ll pay capital gains tax on the $100 difference between the sale price and purchase price. If you donate the share, you will avoid paying the capital gains tax and may take a tax deduction—if you itemize—for the $200 donation.
Pro tip: You may also donate complex, non-publicly traded assets to charity including private company stock, real estate, or other appreciated property.
As the fastest growing giving vehicle in the nation, Donor Advised Funds are a popular tool to organize your giving. Perhaps you want to gift an appreciated stock, but you want to support several organizations and don’t want to initiate multiple stock gift transactions. You can make one gift to a Donor Advised Fund, receive one receipt for your gift, and advise on which organizations the fund will support. If you’d like to transfer shares when the value reaches a certain level but want extra time to decide which charities to support, you could give the stock to a Donor Advised Fund. You can take a charitable deduction when you give the shares, but you have time to decide which charities to support.
Pro tip: You can bundle multiple years of giving into one year with a Donor Advised Fund to exceed the standard deduction. You will receive a charitable deduction at the time you donate to the fund, and can advise on the funds over several years so the charities you care about receive the sustainable support they depend on.
If you are 70 ½ or older and have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you are able to donate as much as $100,000 each year as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to charity. A QCD may satisfy all or part of your Required Minimum Distribution effectively lowering your Adjusted Gross Income for that year.
Pro tip: An IRA QCD may not be donated to a Donor Advised Fund, however, you may establish a Designated Fund naming one or more charities you wish to support and at what schedule (lump sum or over a period of time).
We suggest that you consult with your financial, tax or legal advisor to discuss the giving strategies that best align with your financial and charitable goals, then give the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area a call and we will work with you and your professional advisor(s) to help employ smart giving strategies.
Contact Colleen Hill, Vice President of Development and Donor Services, at 616-994-8853 or via email.
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