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Evaluate your options

We will help you evaluate your options for giving, as we offer a number of different types of funds to fit your charitable intentions. Call us at 815-252-2906 so we can help you design a plan that makes the greatest impact of your charitable giving.

There are many ways to fund your charitable interests. The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. We also accept gifts of appreciated stock, life insurance proceeds, gifts from your retirement funds and gifts of grain. Other types of gifts such as cars, real estate, and works of art may be considered under certain circumstances in accordance with our Gift Acceptance Policy.

Appreciated Stock

Appreciated Stock makes an excellent charitable gift. Under current tax laws, when an appreciated asset (such as stock) is sold, a capital gains tax is due. By making a charitable gift of the appreciated stock, you avoid the capital gains tax and take an immediate income tax charitable contribution deduction for the full current fair market value of the stock, no matter what was originally paid for it.

Bequest through Will or Trust

One of the most simple and popular ways to make a gift that will live after you is to give through your will or trust. You can make a bequest to benefit one or more charitable not-for-profit organizations by providing a specified dollar amount, specific property, percentage of your estate, or the remainder (what’s left) through a fund at the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation. We provide an extra level of assurance that your charitable intentions are fulfilled. Such a designation can reduce your estate taxes. In many cases, a simple addendum to your will or trust can create a lasting gift for the charities and community you love. Ask your estate planning attorney and see our Bequest Language.


Your unrestricted donation to the Leadership Fund for Now is just that, a gift for NOW. It enables us to operate, provides funds for immediate distribution to area agencies and charitable initiatives and helps us build the core administrative fund. The Leadership Fund for Now is made up of unrestricted donations, earnings on investments, and administrative fees. This is where we need your donation the most.
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