Start a Fund

Join us in our mission to make lasting and meaningful contributions in communities across North Carolina!

Establishing a fund at NCCF is an easy, effective way to invest in your community. You can support a cause you love to help students access higher education or create a fund with a flexible purpose. If you are still in the process of defining your philanthropic goals, we are here to offer guidance.

NCCF Vice President of Philanthropic Services Kathryn Holding presents to a staff meeting

How Endowed Giving Makes a Difference

An endowment is a permanent fund that distributes the income it generates through NCCF’s prudent, long-term investment strategy, steered by our team of outside professional asset managers. Because your dollars are pooled for investment with other NCCF funds, you can maximize endowment growth and your giving. Up to 5% of the fund’s average balance over the past 12 quarters is available for distribution annually.

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Types of Funds

NCCF offers many ways to meet your charitable goals, including donor advised funds to help streamline your giving, field of interest funds to support an area of interest, designated funds to benefit specific organizations or programs, and scholarship funds to support access to higher education. NCCF also works with nonprofits to establish agency funds to support their mission and operations.

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Leave a Lasting Legacy

Building charitable giving into your estate plan allows you to preserve economic security today and carry out your charitable goals in the future. Our team works with you and your advisors to develop a plan that will enable you to leave a philanthropic legacy.

How to Start a Fund

When you are considering giving through the North Carolina Community Foundation, you will meet with a member of our team that supports your local community. We make it a priority to understand your goals, needs and charitable vision, and will work alongside you to develop a plan.

Minimums and Fees

With a minimum contribution of $25,000 (or $40,000 for a scholarship fund), you may establish a named endowment by completing a legally binding agreement that outlines your charitable intent. We accept many types of charitable gifts, all tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

All funds are subject to a minimum annual administrative fee. Learn more about our fees.

Ready to get started?

Contact our development team

Kathryn Roebuck Holding, J.D.

Vice President of Philanthropic Services

Jake Pope

Development Officer, Central