Why To Give

Investing in Lancaster County through the Community Foundation means you can be part of making transformative change in our community.

The Community Foundation helps everyone who cares about Lancaster County be able to make a powerful long-term impact. Invest $100, $1000 or $1 million to benefit the causes you care about and help make an impact every year. Investments at the Community Foundation are guaranteed to do community good in the way the donor intends.Locally. Forever.

Opportunity of our Generation

$46 Billion

A study from the Center for Rural PA shows that $46.43 billion in wealth will transfer from this generation to the next by the year 2055. That’s $9 billion per decade starting now. Further, the $46 billion is not distributed through all of Pennsylvania.  $46 billion will move through Lancaster County alone.

What can happen if we commit only a portion of these dollars to the future of our community?

90% / 7%

We live in a generous community.  90% of us make donations to a community benefit organization in our lifetime. But, only 7% of us designate a charitable gift in our will or estate plan. When our lives are over, our gifts to the community organizations are over as well.

What if 7% was 20% or more?

How To Give

We help you make permanent, positive impact in Lancaster County. We offer flexible options that empower your gift to create lasting change. Learn more about Forever Lancaster and how you can help shape the future of our community.

Support the Community Foundation

Making a gift to the support the Lancaster County Community Foundation and its activities is a powerful way to make a philanthropic impact on the community.

Contribute to a Fund

View Funds Making  a gift* of any size — at any time — helps strengthen Lancaster County community benefit organizations or supports the causes you care about.

* Gift and fund acceptance policies are available on request

Create a Fund

Create a Fund Designing a meaningful gift that amplifies your passions and makes a long-term impact on our community. A personalized fund at The Community Foundation gives you flexibility with your philanthropy. You can be as active as you wish and support the issues and organizations that matter most to you.

Work with a Professional Advisor

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The Community Foundation builds bridges between philanthropists – of any size – and nonprofit organizations.  Professional advisors are the structural engineers who bring meaningful charitable ideas to life.  We work with all types of professional advisors (attorneys, accountants, financial planners, brokers, insurance agents, and others) as they help their clients incorporate charitable giving into financial and estate planning activities.

What To Give

Giving through the Community Foundation is easy. We focus on flexibility and foresight allowing you to benefit Lancaster County in the way that works for you.

Direct Gifts

  • Cash/Check
  • Credit card via secure online donation
  • Equity and fixed income securities
  • Closely held business stock
  • IRA minimum distributions
  • Real estate
  • Tangible personal property (such as art, collections, antiques)
  • Other nontraditional assets (patents, partnership interests, etc.)

Planned and Deferred Gifts

  • Bequests by will or trust
  • Life insurance policies
  • Qualified retirement plan assets such as IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pensions
  • Life income gifts such as Charitable Gift Annuities

Many people find that giving assets other than cash makes more sense within their financial plan, and it maximizes their tax benefits. The Community Foundation accepts many types of direct, planned and deferred gifts, and we will work with you and your legal or financial advisor regarding the most effective giving vehicle for your circumstances.