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We Are Your Local Philanthropy Experts

Since 1984, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has helped thousands of people make permanent, positive change in the region. With an ever-expanding knowledge of local organizations, community needs, and the relationships needed to make that change happen, the Community Foundation is the perfect partner in philanthropy.

Throughout our history, we have collaborated with entrepreneurs and businesses in Michigan by connecting them with the causes they care about most through the appropriate gift vehicles, enhancing legacy planning, and improving the quality of life for our region and our residents.

Why Partner With Us?

We can assist you in defining your giving plan, identifying charitable causes that align with your values, and maximizing the impact of your gift in a tax-efficient manner. Our philanthropic advisors will assist you in incorporating charitable giving in your closely held business and succession planning.

When you are ready to make a gift, we will work with you to accept the donated assets, maintain and administer the appropriate charitable vehicle, and distribute grants for the charitable causes or the nonprofit organizations you support.

Why Give To The Community Foundation?

The Community Foundation allows you to support causes that are most important to you. You can support one of the 200+ organizations who have an endowment with us or a specific field of interest like arts and culture, children and youth, education, environment, etc.

You may also choose to support the Community Foundation’s Southeast Michigan Forever Fund, which allows the Foundation flexibility to address the emerging needs and unforeseen opportunities that arise over time. Your gift, combined with those from other caring individuals, can multiply the positive effect on our region for generations to come.

Resources for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Charitable Gifts of Closely Held Business Interests

For an individual holding illiquid securities – often highly appreciated, with a low-cost basis, and a significant current fair market value – a transfer to a public charity is an opportunity to receive an immediate income tax deduction while supporting charity. By gifting business interests to charity a donor can reduce or eliminate capital gains tax, creating more charitable dollars following the redemption of the interest and a greater ability to accomplish his charitable intentions than if he sold the interests and donated the cash proceeds.

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IPO’s and Charitable Giving

Reduce your taxes on wealth created by an initial public offering and support your favorite charitable causes. Your donation of stock to the Community Foundation will qualify for an immediate tax deduction and you will avoid the capital gain from the appreciation.

Learn more about donating Pre-IPO and IPO Stock

Donor and Business Advised Funds

When you create a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation, you join hundreds of caring individuals, families, and businesses who have chosen a simple, flexible, and effective way to support charitable causes in southeast Michigan and around the country.

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We Can Help You Fulfill Your Charitable Goals

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