As a donor or a fund advisor, we are honored to partner with you in your charitable giving. The information below will help you manage your fund and serve as a resource for your grantmaking.
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managing your fund
Our goal is to make grantmaking from your fund hassle-free. We are a small but responsive staff, and we are here to help you with any questions you have about your fund or the grantmaking process.
DonorCentral is an online portal to your Fund’s information. It provides access to fund balances, quarterly statements, grantmaking history as well as forms to recommend a grant from your Fund.
Each Fund at ECCF is provided a DonorCentral login. Please contact us if you would like to have an account set up. If you already have a login, access DonorCentral.
Fundholders find it necessary at times to change advisors to their fund. All changes must be made in writing from the donor to ECCF.
Fund holders are invited to have a donation page created specifically for their fund at no charge. To set up a page, please email Nicole Demars at email@example.com.
We are happy to accept donations of the proceeds of fundraising events. However, donors will not receive tax benefits unless donations are made directly to the fund. For Field of Interest Funds only, contact an ECCF staff member to see fundraising guidelines on allowable expenses.
Gifts of stock and other securities have many advantages. Find transfer instructions here.
end of the year giving
For a fund to receive tax credits for a calendar year, donations must arrive and be processed by ECCF no later than December 31. Please keep holidays in mind when planning your gift.
Your fund is a great mechanism to continue supporting charitable causes beyond your lifetime. A fund can be included in a will or designated for memorial gifts in your honor. Your fund may also be listed as the beneficiary of a retirement fund or transferred to an endowed fund upon your death so that designated charities will continue to receive gifts in your name in perpetuity.
To learn more, contact Stacey Landry, Director of Gift Planning and Advisor Relation,s at (978) 777-8876 x122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
making grant recommendations
Grants from community foundation funds are restricted to charitable or educational nonprofit programs. ECCF cannot approve grant recommendations to the following:
- Organizations that are not public charities
- Individuals, with the exception of scholarships or awards from Scholarship Funds
- Grants for lobbying or political campaigns
- Payments for a pledge
- Grants that provide a private benefit to the donor, such as a membership or payment for goods or services
eccf's grant procedures
ECCF donors can easily make grants any time directly through their DonorCentral portal.
Donors who are not yet set up with a DonorCentral account can submit their recommendations through the Grant Recommendation Form. ECCF staff will ensure that the recommendation meets the donor’s intent for the fund, and that the organization has nonprofit tax exempt status. Grant recommendations are then approved by ECCF’s Board of Trustees. On average, the process takes about 10-12 business days from when the grant recommendation form is received to when the check is sent to the nonprofit. In the event that it becomes essential for a grant to be processed in less than 10 days, you will need to contact Joan Henkels at email@example.com.
ECCF receives many grant recommendations at the end of each calendar year. We ask that you submit grant recommendations no later than December 10 in order for us to complete the grant processing by year’s end.
For scholarship funds, the Scholarship Selection Committee recommends scholarships. These recommendations are due by May 5 for awards going to high school seniors. The ECCF Board of Trustees approves all awards. ECCF prepares the award letter, which is typically presented to the student at their high school scholarship recipient award ceremony. Recipients are required to complete a short Scholarship Acceptance and Verification Form by June 30.
All grants are sent from ECCF with a letter from the Vice President for Grants, Nonprofit & Donor Services. The letter includes the name of the fund and the donor’s name and address (if the donor wishes). The letter is accompanied by a Grant Acknowledgement and Acceptance of Terms Form which the nonprofit signs and returns upon receipt of the grant.
You may wish to make some or all of your grants anonymously. Please indicate on your grant recommendation form if you prefer your name not appear on the grant award letter.
ECCF is pleased to help donors elevate their giving and connect with causes they care about by providing access to this nonprofit directory. And of course, ECCF staff members are always just a phone call away should a fundholder need guidance or direction in identifying and connecting with nonprofits.
ACCESS YOUR FUND
Recommend a grant, see your fund balance, quarterly statement, grant making history and more.
donors & giving
get in touch
Carol Lavoie Schuster
Vice President for Grants, Nonprofit & Donor Services
(978) 777-8876 x133
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