Donating to Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation is EASY!

Make a Donation

In Person

Stop on in, the coffee is always on!!  We can answer any questions you might have about existing funds, or we can start the discussion on what your passions are if you are interested in starting your own fund.



Making a donation is just a click just a click away!




By Mail

We LOVE getting mail!  Send our donation to:

350 NW 1st Ave, Suite E, Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Be sure to:

  1. Make checks payable to "GRACF"

  2. Write the fund on the memo line

  3. Include your mailing information so we can send you a receipt.

Retirement Plan Assets

A retirement asset such as an IRA account

makes an excellent bequest.


If the IRA were given to your family, much of the value would be depleted through estate and income taxes.


By designating the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, or one of our specific Community Funds as the beneficiary, the full value of the gift is transferred, tax-free, at your death.

Generational Giving

It's easy to teach your children and grandchildren

to give back to community.

Contact the Community Foundation

to learn different ways to include your family.

Other Ways to Give

Outright Gift

Did you know you can donate stocks, bonds, and real estate?  Not only is it an alternative to cash, your charitable gift qualifies for tax advantages under federal law.

You can donate the minimum distribution from your IRA.

Don't take your distribution, transfer it!

Bequest by Will

You can designate a gift like those mentioned above or any portion of your estate to the Community Foundation and, in many cases, receive a substantial reduction in federal and state gift and estate taxes.

Beneficiary Designation

Do you have a retirement account or life insurance?  You can make the Community Foundation a full or partial beneficiary on either of those accounts - an easy way to make a legacy gift without modifying your estate plan.  Upon your death, your gift is placed into the charitable fund of your choice. 

Charitable Gift Annuity, Remainder Trust, or Lead Trust

There are many creative ways to create a lasting legacy at the Community Foundation depending on your current financial situation or future financial desire.  Your Professional Advisor is a great place to start to begin the discussion on what works best for you.

Charitable Distribution from your IRA:

(often referred to as a Charitable IRA Rollover)

If you are age 70½ or older and have an IRA, you can make a direct charitable distribution (up to $100K a year) to a charitable organization without tax penalty.

This can be particularly appealing when you consider what to do with your Required Minimum Distribution.  If you do not want or need the income or tax burden that comes with accepting your Required Minimum Distribution, you can roll it over (transfer it) to the Community Foundation and not incur any federal income tax liability.


This IRA Rollover is now permanent law.  It is important that the rollover comes directly from your IRA broker to the Community Foundation (not to you).  We have sample letters to direct this type of gift, so please call 218-999-9100 for a copy or for more information.


350 NW 1st Ave, Suite E  | Grand Rapids, MN 55744  |  218-999-9100

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