Guidestar and Foundation Center to become Candid

As donors, many are familiar with Guidestar and its goal to provide “fair, accurate, and objective information about foundations and nonprofits.” At The Community Foundation we use this resource on a regular basis to research possible grant recipients. Foundation Center is less known to donors, but an equally useful resource for those searching for grants and grant-making information. GuideStar and Foundation Center are in the process of integrating operations to become Candid – a resource to provide a “360-degree view of the work of social good—who’s doing what, where on the issues that matter to people around the world.”

The transition will occur over the next several years. The new name, Candid, is descriptive of the organizations’ desire to be transparent and “continue to earn our stakeholders’ trust in an information-wary world”. Both the GuideStar.org and FoundationCenter.org websites are available for the time being. There are links to both websites on the Candid.org as well. We will keep you posted as changes occur.

Daily News-Record publishes ‘Giving Back’ – November 2018

If you would like to have a print version of this booklet, please stop by our offices at 317 S. Main Street in December to pick up your copy, or call The Community Foundation directly, 540-432-3863, and we can mail one to you.

 

Daily News-Record publishes ‘Giving Back’ – May 19, 2018

If you would like to have a print version of this booklet, please stop by our offices at 317 S. Main Street to pick up your copy, or call The Community Foundation directly, 540-432-3863, and we can mail one to you.

 

Giving Back 2018 FINAL

No Grant Distribution June 25 – 29

Grants will not be processed by The Community Foundation during the week of June 25-29, 2018. If you wish for a grant to be distributed by the end of June, please be sure to submit that request no later than noon on Tuesday, June 19.

Grant distribution will resume the week of July 2-6 for all submissions received in our office by noon on Tuesday, July 3.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility with staff vacation schedules and their impact on slight changes in our regular grant distribution cycle during the summer months.

The Breeze promotes Great Community Give!

 

 

Thank you to The Breeze, JMU’s student run newspaper since 1922. We are grateful for your coverage of the Great Community Give! Check out this article about Harrisonburg & Rockingham County’s first online giving day to benefit local nonprofit organizations! Remember to Point.Click.GIVE on APRIL 18!

 

Spring 2018 Community Needs Projects

Nonprofit organizations in Harrisonburg & Rockingham County have submitted their spring projects. We hope you will review the list of current projects and find one (or more!) that you would like to support. If you need more information about any of these projects, or wish to know more about these organizations, please contact Ann at The Community Foundation, 540-432-3863 or ann@tcfhr.org.

 

The Daily New-Record will be publishing summaries of these projects in their April 30th edition of the newspaper.

Join IMPACT Harrisonburg for the 2016 Inside the Philanthropist Mind!

IMPACT Harrisonburg kicks off the holiday season with Inside the Philanthropist Mind on Tuesday, November 29th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Explore More Discovery Museum. Please join us to hear perspectives from local business leaders on philanthropy and the role it has played in their lives and their successes.

For more information and to register, click here.

Special thanks to IMPACT’s Annual Partners:
Alexiou Hearing & Sinus Center
Funkhouser Real Estate Group
Integrity Home Mortgage

And Event Sponsor:
Paul Whatley, REALTOR

Learn More About a 65% Virginia State Tax Credit Opportunity

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Tax Credit Program is a way to support educational opportunities for local students and receive a 65% Virginia state tax credit on top of current state and federal charitable deductions. These state tax credits may be used in the tax year they are issued.

 

This program is similar to NAP credits, but is for individual or business donors interested in supporting scholarships at private K-12 schools in Virginia. Donations provide scholarship funds to support students of families that meet financial need criteria. The credits may not exceed the tax liability, but can be carried over for five succeeding years.

 

This year, the state has authorized up to $25 million in Education Improvement Tax Credits. The credits are readily available, but December 14th is a critical deadline to get this done for calendar year 2016 tax filings. It takes up to 2 weeks to receive the authorization allowing the taxpayer to make a qualified donation. Please note that donation checks may not be written before authorization is received.

 

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County is an approved scholarship foundation for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Our staff will be glad to help you work through the process, and we can expedite application for these credits by sending forms electronically to the state. Program details and the Preauthorization Form can be found on the Virginia Department of Education website.

 

Please contact Ann at 540-432-3863 or ann@tcfhr.org, if you have questions regarding this program, or if The Community Foundation staff can be of assistance in any way.

Charitable Giving on a Budget

Although it’s still late summer, some people are ready to start planning for the season of giving. Gifts will be carefully chosen for family and friends, scrumptious desserts will be baked and ready to eat, and holiday decorations hung up around the house. What about giving back to the community though? Unfortunately most of us aren’t made of money so when it comes to charitable giving, planning a budget is a necessity. Here are a few tips to start planning for the upcoming holiday season!

 

Donate your clutter

Go through your house and clear out any unwanted items or things you don’t need that others could use more. Here are a few organizations to start with that accept donations:

http://www.valleyopendoors.com/

http://ourcommunityplace.org/

http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/harrisonburgva/

http://www.goodwillvalleys.com/

http://www.themercyhouse.org/

http://giftandthrift.org/

 

Pool your money

Create a small giving circle within your friends and family to pool all your money together and make one large donation to the organization of your choosing.

 

Set aside part of your income

Try to set aside at least 3% of your income on a regular basis to ensure you’ll have a little something to give and still have a separate pool of money for family gifts.

 

Employer match donations

Most corporate employers have matching funds or grants that match its employees’ charitable contributions. Some matching gifts are dollar-for-dollar but others can be double or triple the donation.

 

Blood/plasma donations

When donating money isn’t an option, don’t forget you can donate blood or plasma and some places even compensate you for your donation with cash (which can then be donated if you wish).

 

Donate your time

Finally, don’t forget you can always donate your time. A lot of organizations are always looking for extra hands to help out in the busy season of giving. Even if it’s only an hour of your time, anything helps!

Aren’t sure where help is needed? Check out these organizations below!

https://www.brafb.org/

http://www.themercyhouse.org/

http://ourcommunityplace.org/

www.bbshr.org/

http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/harrisonburgva/

http://www.uwhr.org/

https://www.sites.google.com/site/wrtcpublicrhetoric/home

 

Click on link below for a full list of local non-profit organizations.

http://www.tcfuwhr.org/index.php/site/a-z