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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.

Getting started is easy.

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—from 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 through The Giving Store

Your one-stop shop for easy and effective giving to strengthen our community. Access a dynamic personal dashboard to manage your fund, view past grant history, and quickly identify causes and organizations that match your interests and passions to make grants to the nonprofits you care about.

Ready to set up your 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
Chief of Staff