What and How to Give

Interested in Giving?

Adams County Community Foundation has a variety of ways to assist people who want to support Adams County through a charitable gift. Gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, personal property, life insurance and retirement assets may be donated to the Community Foundation. Because we are a public charity, most charitable gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law.

EFT (Electronic Funds Transmission) – You may contribute to Adams County Community Foundation through an automatic debit from your bank account. Simply download this form, complete it and mail it to the Community Foundation, 25 S. Fourth Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Gifts of Cash – Giving cash is the simplest way to begin a fund, add to an existing fund, or make a gift of any size to support the Community Foundation.

Securities – Gifts of appreciated stock to qualified charities like the Community Foundation enable donors to avoid capital gains, and such gifts can be deducted at full market value, up to 30% of your adjusted gross income, with the ability to carry forward amounts exceeding your allowance for an additional five years. You can find information on how to transfer stock or mutual fund shares here.

Mutual Fund Shares – The Community Foundation accepts gift of mutual funds, and is pleased to provide donors with instructions for making such gifts.

Real Estate – Gifts of real estate can be used to establish or add to a charitable fund at the Community Foundation. Prospective gifts of real estate will be carefully reviewed by the Community Foundation prior to acceptance.

Personal Property – As with gifts of real estate, gifts of tangible personal property such as antiques, art, collections—will be considered by the Community Foundation.

Life Insurance – When life insurance is no longer needed for wealth replacement, it can be a tax advantageous way to provide a significant charitable gift. You may give the Community Foundation a paid-up policy or one on which you are continuing to pay. You may receive a number of tax benefits from making such a gift, including reduced estate and income taxes.

IRAs and Retirement Assets – You can name the Community Foundation as a charitable beneficiary of your IRA, and other retirement assets such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans. Donors over the age of 70 can also ask their retirement plan administrator to make a charitable IRA gift directly to ACCF. Contact ACCF first before you initiate such a gift.

Bequests – You can include the Community Foundation in your Will as a charitable bequest. Simply provide your legal counsel with our sample bequest language

Charitable Trust Remainder or Lead Gift Beneficiary- You may create a charitable trust and direct the charitable interest to any Community Foundation fund to support your charitable wishes.

Donors are advised to consult Community Foundation staff as well as their own professional advisors for more detailed information about diverse options for giving.

For more information e-mail Ralph M. Serpe or call 717-337-0060.