Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Why choose the Community Foundation for your charitable giving?

Since 1991, we’re been connecting people who care with causes that matter right here in St. Joseph County. Our combined assets and endowment are worth more than $173 million as of June 2017, making us one of the largest community foundations in Indiana and one of the top 100 in the country. We know the strengths and the needs of St. Joseph County, and we’re here forever— that’s the power of endowment.

There are many ways to give within the Community Foundation. You can choose among multiple funds that reflect your charitable intentions; you can support your favorite charity's endowment fund, or you can create your own fund. The Community Foundation offers two types of donor-advised funds, which allow you (and your family, if you choose) to be actively involved in directing your philanthropy: 1) donor-advised endowed funds, and 2) donor-advised pass-through funds. This chart explains the differences between these two fund types.

Give now—cash, marketable securities, retirement assets—or give later through your will, a trust, or other options. Whatever your choose, your gift to the Community Foundation will continue to grow and benefit our community forever, creating a brighter future for all of us.

You can learn more about all of those options in our 20-page Guide to Giving brochure.


Howard and Marie Goodhew

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Howard and Marie Goodhew

When a marriage lasts 59 years, you know there’s a powerful commitment at its heart. Howard and Marie Goodhew had a commitment to our community as well as to each other.

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