Ways to Contribute

The Community Foundation enables you to donate to existing funds or create your own endowment fund using a variety of methods. We encourage you to discuss this information with your professional advisor, as this information is general and is not intended as legal advice.

Current Gifts

Current gifts will allow you to receive an immediate tax deduction. These gifts usually take the form of cash and appreciated stock. Donations of appreciated stock receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift while the donor avoids capital gains tax on the transfer of assets. Under certain circumstances, The Foundation can also accept closely held stock and gifts of personal or real property. The Foundation’s office can provide advice in advance for these types of donations.

documentdownload Gifts of Stock or Appreciated Securities

Life Insurance

If you have a life insurance policy that you no longer need, consider assigning The Community Foundation as the owner of the policy. The Community Foundation will receive the cash proceeds upon death of the insured, and you will receive a tax deduction for the approximate cash surrender value. If you wish to continue paying premiums on the policy, these premiums might also be deductible for tax purposes in addition to the approximate cash surrender value. Again, we encourage you to discuss this information with your professional advisor.


You may establish a fund or contribute to an existing fund through a bequest in your will. Bequests are a legacy made to The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation set forth in your Last Will and Testament. You may designate a percentage of your estate, a specific dollar amount, or the residue of your estate to The Community Foundation.

See our Sample Bequest Language section for more information.

Charitable Gift Annuity

This technique allows you to receive a current charitable income tax deduction and retain an income for life.

Charitable Remainder Trust

You can establish this type of trust in order to obtain a current income tax deduction as well as other tax benefits while retaining income payments for yourself or other beneficiaries. The Foundation will receive the residuary amount upon your death and will use these proceeds to establish a named fund according to your direction.

Charitable Lead Trust

This form of trust allows you to contribute annual payments to The Community Foundation over a specified period of time to be used in establishing a named fund according to your directions. When The Foundation terminates, the proceeds will go to the named beneficiaries of The Foundation. This form of trust is appropriate for substantial gifts intended to shelter the appreciation of assets from estate taxes while providing payments to The Community Foundation.

Private Foundation Transfer

Many trustees of private foundations have found that the demands of administering and making grants has become burdensome and costly. Assets of the private foundation may be transferred to The Community Foundation, and a fund in the same name is established. The Foundationee is freed from the administrative burdens but continues as an advisor to the fund.

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It's Our Mission

The principal mission of The Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the communities served by the establishment of permanent endowments for the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell, with income distributed annually to charitable organizations within the community.

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  •   The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation
      1100 Commerce Street
    Lynchburg, VA 24504
  •   434.845.6500
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