Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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For Professional Advisors

As your partner, we'll help you provide your clients with the information they want about charitable giving.

We have a complete tax update service for CPAs, attorneys, CLUs, CFPs, ChFCs, trust officers and other professional friends. The GiftLaw services are made available to all advisors as a free service.

Rose Meissner, president of the Community Foundation, is also always available to assist in helping you provide clients with clear, easy-to-understand gift illustrations. If you'd like assistance with a gift illustration, please contact Rose at (574) 232-0041 or email her.

We also provide several useful free resources for Professional Advisors (see links below). If you'd like to receive our weekly "Advisor News" update email, call our office at (574) 232-0041 or email us.


Three generations of the Abernethy family


Spike and Anne Abernethy

Spike and Anne Abernethy have deep roots in our community: Spike’s family came to South Bend in 1831, when Andrew Jackson was President; Anne’s family—the O’Briens, founders of South Bend Lathe Works—has been here since 1906. Lifelong South Bend residents themselves, the Abernethys live in a historic Italianate farmhouse on South Bend’s south side that has been home to their family for seven generations.

They also have a long-term commitment to philanthropy, a family activity that includes Spike, Anne, and their three daughters Sarah, Megan, and Molly.

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