Adams County Community Foundation

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Update! The 2015 Giving Spree was an amazing success.  $251,161 was returned to non profit organizations serving Adams County residents. Watch for information about the 2016 Giving Spree.

Nov 20, 2015 For Immediate Release - STAND FOR ADAMS COUNTY. . . PASS A BUDGET NOW, Gettysburg, PA. On Monday, November 23, the PA budget impasse enters its 146th day. What that means to Adams County non-profits and school districts, indeed, non-profit organizations and school districts across PA is that since July 1, no state funding has been provided to support the operations and services they provide. In many instances the State is also holding Federal money that is typically passed through the State to non-profit organizations. Read the full Press Release

Oct 8, 2015 Adams County Community Foundation announces its Grant-making support to the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust. Our professional staff will be guiding the Advisory Committee of the Trust in their 2016 Grant Rounds. Grant applications are due January 15, 2016 and July 15, 2016. Organizations wishing to apply for a grant from the Hoffman Trust may access the Grant Proposal Packet for the Hoffman Trust on this website in RECEIVE. There will be a Grant Writing Workshop will be held at Adams Eclectic Corporative building, 1338 Biglerville Road Gettysburg PA, 17325 on December 10th 3:00pm to 4:30pm. This workshop is sponsored by the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust.  

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Please visit the new Adams County Dollars for Scholars website! A user-friendly way to help students in the community access more local and nation-wide scholarships.


The great patriot and Revolutionary War statesman, Ben Franklin, left a testamentary trust which was to accumulate principal and interest for a period of 200 years, and them be distributed to two designated beneficiaries, namely, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To give to this fund or to find out more about the many different funds available, click here.

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Please click here to to download a PDF version of our fund agreement.

Comparison of Community Foundations & Private Foundations

Donor advised funds at our community foundation, either permanent or nonpermanent, are a cost-effective alternative to establishing a private foundation.  Below are benefits of setting up a family or corporate fund at The Foundation:


Community Foundations

Private Foundations

Tax treatment of cash gifts         

Deductible up to 50% of adjusted gross income (AGI).

Deductible up to 30% of AGI.

Tax treatment of gifts of appreciated publicly-traded securities

Full market value deduction up to 30% of AGI.

Full market value deduction up to 20% of AGI.

Tax treatment of closely held stock, real estate, or other appreciated property

Full market value deduction up to 30% of AGI.

Deduction limited to donor’s cost basis, up to 20% of AGI.

Excise taxes

None imposed.

1-2% paid annually based upon net income and net realized capital gains (no step up in basis for assets donated to the foundation).

Ease of establishment  -  Timing:

Immediate. Average of six months to incorporate and file with IRS.



Significant legal and accounting expenses.

Required payout

None.  Able to accumulate income toward a sizable project or grant.  Flexibility to hold low yield assets.

Must expend at least 5% annually, regardless of income, investment earnings, or grantmaking needs.

Annual IRS tax returns

No separate tax return required; included in foundation’s consolidated return.

Required to file annual returns including details on all grants, investments, fees, trustee fees, staff salaries, etc.

Privacy and recognition

Donors generally recognized for grants disbursed from their funds, but grants and donors can remain anonymous if preferred.

Tax returns are public records and often are compiled into grant seeker directories.

Grants administration

Donors can serve as grant making advisors, or the Foundation can identify potential recipients, make grant payments, and monitor performance.

Trustees must perform, contract, or hire staff for these services.

General administration and fees

Investment, financial, and administrative management are handled by the foundation.  Total annual fees typically range from 1.0 – 2.5%.

Trustees must perform, contract, or hire staff for these services.  Total annual fees typically range from 3.0 – 5.0%, and may decrease as assets grow.