Donors  ::  Resources for Donors

The Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter. Charitable organizations frequently make their needs known to the Community Foundation. People who want to learn about needs in a particular interest area can benefit from our staff's familiarity with public charities.

Planned Giving

Tools for extending your charitable giving beyond your lifetime.

Fund Basics

Information on types of funds and gifts through the Community Foundation

How you can find a cause to help

Philanthropy Resources

2011 Fox Cities LIFE Study: A thorough study of the Fox Cities' concerns and opportunities. 

Survey of Nonprofits and the Economy: 2010 and 2008 surveys of Fox Valley-area nonprofits by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

Youth Education in the Arts: Why you should care. What you can do.
Oct. 2009 Report to the Community by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. 

8 Tips for Deducting Charitable Contributions

9 Tips for Charitable Taxpayers 

High Impact Philanthropy in the Downturn: Focus on Housing, Health, and Hunger (A Guide for Donors)
Nov. 2009 Research report from the University of Pennsylvania's Center for High Impact Philanthropy 

Philanthropy in the news: An RSS feed from prominent publications

Glossary of Philanthropic Terms: From the Council on Foundations

Research a Charity

Better Business Bureau: Reports on national charities.

Guidestar: Research on virtually all 501(c)3 nonprofits, including federal 990 forms.

Tips for Choosing a Charity: A Donor's 10-Step Guide for Giving Wisely

JustGive: Research charities.

IRS Search: Online version of IRS Publication 78.

NCCS: The Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Statistics.