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Ways of Giving

When you are ready to make a difference through the Community Foundation, we invite you to meet with our knowledgeable staff to help you identify and connect to what you care about most.

We’ll help you through these simple steps:

Create your legacy | Think about what matters most to you. Whether your interests are broad or narrow, you can support them through the Community Foundation.

Decide when to give | You can establish a fund today to give to the community during your lifetime. Or perhaps you’d like to defer your gifts through your estate plans. Or both! 

Decide what to give | We accept a variety of assets, including cash, appreciated securities, real estate, life insurance, and retirement plan assets.  

Choose a type of charitable fund | Our expert staff will help you choose from our menu of charitable funds. We offer donor-advised funds, designated funds, scholarship funds, area-of-interest funds, unrestricted funds, and more.

Witness the impact | Once your charitable fund is established, the Community Foundation will help you monitor its growth and its impact on the community.

Gifts to the Community Foundation can be made in a variety of ways for a variety of purposes. Giving to the Foundation can be as simple as making a cash gift, in any amount, to one of the existing funds of the Foundation or as sophisticated as donating appreciated property to establish several different funds tailored to fit your philanthropic goals.  Please see Make a Donation for more information on the types of gifts accepted.

A gift to one of its many existing charitable funds will help to increase the amount of targeted grantmaking in the community based on the purpose of the fund.

A gift to created a named fund at the Foundation will be tailored to your philanthropic goals. Click here to see descriptions for the kinds of funds available at the Foundation. The Community Foundation's staff is pleased to work with you to explore all of your options for philanthropy and choose those that work best for you. Please contact Erika Riddle Petrozelli, Director of Donor Services, to start the process.

Give an Unrestricted Gift to LVCF

Consider an unrestricted gift to the Community Foundation to support its mission and commitment to the Lehigh Valley.   This gift is an especially meaningful complement to establishing an endowment fund, thereby ensuring that your legacy truly is for good and forever.  

Unrestricted gifts to LVCF can be made by submitting a check, payable to Lehigh Valley Community Foundation - Unrestricted. Gifts can also be made via credit card by clicking the PayPal 'Donate' button below.  A PayPal account is not required to make an online gift.