Ways to Give

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania makes it easy for you to meet your charitable goals, whether it means giving now or giving later. We can create flexible, personalized ways for you to give back to your community. Our staff of local experts can connect you to organizations, resources and like-minded donors so your giving has the greatest impact. No matter how you give, your donation through the Community Foundation will make a difference.

Give Now


It’s one of the simplest ways to give. Whether you’d like to establish a fund with an accumulated savings or simply want to give to an existing fund, your cash donation can go a long way.

Donate Online Mail Cash Donation by Check Establish a Fund

Appreciated Assets

The Community Foundation accepts most appreciated assets as gifts, including stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares, closely-held stock, real estate and other property. Your gift might even qualify for a tax deduction. Contact us to get started.

Gift of Property

  • Real Estate: You can give a home, farm or vacation property, receive an immediate income tax deduction, and continue to use the property during your lifetime. Contact us to get started.
  • Personal Property: We can also accept jewelry, artwork, collections, equipment or gas and oil wells as gifts. Contact us to get started.

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program for Businesses

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) is a program of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which allows businesses to make gifts to approved organizations for educational purposes. In return, the business gets a tax credit for the gift. This allows businesses to designate dollars to local public schools for innovative programs for students.

FCFP has been an approved EITC organization since 2002. Contact us to learn more or visit the State website.

Give Later – Planned Giving

Bequests (Wills or Living Trusts)

Give to your favorite causes or charities by way of a bequest in your will or living trust. Set up an endowment in your family’s name, create a scholarship or give to an existing fund. You may designate a dollar amount or give a percentage of your estate. Contact us today to set up a meeting with our planned giving experts.

Charitable Lead Trusts and Charitable Remainder Trusts

Creation of a charitable lead trust can provide temporary income to the Community Foundation for a period of years. A lead trust provides substantial income or gift tax and estate tax benefits. It can also maximize the assets that eventually pass to your family. A charitable remainder trust can provide you with a guaranteed or variable lifetime income. You receive an immediate income tax deduction and may bypass capital gains taxes and reduce your estate for estate tax purposes. These trusts can also be used to create retirement accounts and educational funds. If you’d like to know more about these options, Contact us.

Gift Annuities

Your charitable gift annuity provides you with a guaranteed fixed lifetime income that is partially tax-free and an immediate income tax deduction. Annual payout rates vary depending upon age and number of annuitants.

IRAs, Retirement, Financial Accounts

Name the Community Foundation as a full or partial beneficiary of your IRA, retirement fund or any financial account. Such a gift provides income and estate tax benefits and helps maximize bequests to your family.

Life Insurance

Life insurance policies can be used as charitable gifts. If you name the Community Foundation as owner and beneficiary of an existing or new life insurance policy, you receive an immediate tax deduction. We can help you structure a gift of life insurance to provide the maximum benefit to both your community and your heirs. Contact us to learn more.