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Plan Your Philanthropy

Take the First Step to a Lasting Legacy

The Planning Process

Define your charitable objective: | Identify where and how you want to make a difference. Decide how involved you (and your family members and advisors) want to be in making grant.

Determine your financial objective: | Are you looking for any tax or estate planning benefits? If so, we can help you with information about the advantages of different types of gifts so that you can fit your philanthropy into your financial plans.

Create or Contribute to a Fund: | We will work with you to create a fund that meets your objectives. Or, if there is an existing fund that meets your needs, your contributions will not require a new fund agreement.

Start a Fund Now

Creating a named charitable fund at the Community Foundation is simple and is often a one-step process. After deciding what type of fund (see below) would best serve your interests, you can determine the contribution type that would be most convenient and advantageous for you. In general, your fund may be created by an outright (current) gift, or by a planned.

Find the Gift Options that Meet Your Goals


ASK Maureen | If you would like more information on starting a fund at LVCF, our Family Legacy Fund, or our Impact Services can benefit you and the community. And she’ here to help with any questions about the MyFund Portal.

Maureen Wendling

Maureen Connolley Wendling
Director of Donor Initiatives
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
840 W. Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101
Tel: 610-351-5353 ext. 16 | Maureen@lvcfoundation.org