Designated Funds
Designated Funds
Support the good work of a favorite nonprofit in perpetuity. Perhaps through volunteering, support of annual fund drives, or a personal interest you’ve developed a passion for specific nonprofit programs or initiatives.


A Designated Fund is a personalized fund that makes it easy for you to support the causes and organizations you care about. You can use cash, stock, or other assets to create a named fund and qualify for an immediate income tax deduction. We will then regularly distribute grants to the charities you identify when the fund is created. 


Consider a Designated Fund if you:

  • Seek to create a legacy or support for your favorite causes.
  • Want to avoid administrative hassles of charitable giving—form keeping receipts for tax records to simply sending a check regularly.
  • Want to support specific organizations regularly and in perpetuity.
  • Appreciate the efficiency of regular distributions sent by The Columbus Foundation to your designated charities.


Increase the power of your giving

Access information about your fund via PowerPhilanthropy® 24 hours a day. PowerPhilanthropy is an easy-to-use online resource featuring objective portraits of local nonprofit organizations. You can also review your fund(s) activity and the grants awarded from your designated fund.


Our Donor Services and Development team is experienced, knowledgeable, and focused on the goals of your giving while honoring donor intent. We share a passion to help your generosity do the most good. Because that’s what truly matters.

Supporting your favorite nonprofits with a Designated Fund is incredibly simple. We can help endow a legacy of support today, freeing your focus for other philanthropic interests.”
Steven Moore
Director for Donor Services and Development