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Cause Connection eNewsletter

Cause Connection | June 2024

In this edition, we recap the recent wildly successful spring 2024 Board of Associates meeting which served as the perfect occasion to present the Community Foundation’s prestigious Lifetime Service to Philanthropy Award to Judith A. Harris, Esq. and the Vision in Philanthropy Award in honor of The Century Fund. As part of our ongoing commitment to providing LVCF fundholders with the best possible service and in alignment with industry standards, we have established our fee schedule effective July 1, 2024. Thank you for letting us be a part of your philanthropic journey and continue to make giving EASY, keep it LOCAL, and make IMPACT while ensuring your LEGACY.

Cause Connection | April 2024

With the tax season soon behind us, it’s the perfect time to explore effective strategies for your philanthropy in 2024. In this issue, we delve into impact of donating appreciated assets rather than cash that might seem complex, but it’s a powerful way to support the causes you care about most. By looking at concrete examples and numbers, we aim to show how giving strategies can be exceptionally beneficial. We also encourage you to consider the long-term advantages of planning your estate with philanthropy in mind. A fund with the Community Foundation not only offers flexibility but also allows you to create a lasting legacy that will benefit our community for generations to come. Thank you for letting us be a part of your philanthropic journey.

Cause Connection | February 2024

In this issue, we announce the news that we are now working with PNC Institutional Asset Management Group (IAM) as our Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) to manage two of the Foundation’s portfolios. LVCF’s decision to partner with PNC IAM underscores our commitment to responsible stewardship of community resources and sustainable fund growth. Through this collaboration, we aim to strengthen our impact in the community and maintain our position as a trusted leader in philanthropy. We also included answers to some tax-time charitable giving questions and a story on the importance of unrestricted gifts to nonprofits.

Cause Connection | December 2023

In this issue was say thank you to all our fundholders and donors. We take a look back at 2023 and provide some highlights of our foundation-directed leadership grantmaking. Our three main focus areas, capacity building through our CORE Fellowship Program, early childhood care, and arts, culture and the creative economy are supported by a variety of sources including Community Investment Funds that generate the unrestricted dollars that support foundation-directed grantmaking.

Cause Connection | November 2023

We are coming up on that time again when year-end giving comes into focus for many donors and fundholders who can make a meaningful impact in the community through a donor-advised fund at LVCF. This issue also serves as a reminder to LVCF Fundholders to set-up their password and access LVCF’s new MyFund Portal and Donate to a Fund portal. It provides instructions and resources to get you going on the Portal where you can manage your fund.

Cause Connection | August 2023

In this August 2023 issue of Cause Connection, we highlight the recent staff promotions that reflects our growing expertise and leadership in the community. We’ve also added a new part-time Director of Donor Initiatives to the staff to better serve our donors and fundholders. We also announce that we will be implementing a new online system to better align with one of our highest priorities: supporting you on your philanthropic journey. See the article about the new online portal we are working on called MyFund portal, which will offer an even more efficient and intuitive platform for your grantmaking and fund management later this fall. Stay tuned.

Cause Connection | May 2023

In this May 2023 issue of the Cause Connection eNewsletter, Megan Briggs, our Director of Community Investments, shares with you our experience integrating “trust-based philanthropy.” As a result, we have shifted much of our foundation-directed leadership grantmaking to support of nonprofits’ general operating expenses. For several years, we have been championing this approach to grantmaking that eases the burdens nonprofits face. As a learning organization, we are committed to sharing our findings with our donors and fundholders while we continue to advocate for this grantmaking approach.

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Cause Connection | January 2023

The January issues begins a message from LVCF CEO Erika Riddle Petrozelli who shared that in December 2022 alone, LVCF received and processed almost $5 million in gifts, and almost $1 million in grants. After a big thank you to donors and fundholders, Erika provides a few highlights of what LVCF has done as an organization during 2022. In this issue, we also introduce a new board member and two new staff members. The issue also contains an article on the new legacy IRA and an update on QCD rules for 2023.

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