Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds support programs and/or organizations in a field specified by the donor. This fund is appropriate for donors interested in addressing specific issues in a particular category such as: Arts, Culture and Humanities; Human Needs; Education; Youth; Disabled; Elderly; Human Services; Environment; and Animal Welfare. The fund allows a donor to support a particular field of interest, but does not require a commitment to just one organization. The distribution of these funds will take place annually after the Board of Directors reviews applications from area non-profits. The Distribution Committee is bound to follow your broad guidance.

The Foundation incurs expenses involved in the management and operation of community funds. To offset these costs, an administrative fee of ¼% per quarter of the total fund balance will be assessed against all funds. Also, financial management fees will be assessed to all funds based on the cost incurred by the Foundation. Fees charged will be calculated quarterly. Davenport Asset Management has been selected to manage the Foundation’s financial investments. The Foundation receives monthly reports from Davenport Asset Management. The Davenport Asset Management team meets with the Board semi-annually to personally review the investment portfolio.

With respect to all distributions, the Foundation will conduct a thorough review of prospective recipient organizations, and reviews outcome reports at a project’s completion. It is the responsibility of the Foundation to investigate allegations of improper use of grant funds for the private benefit of any individual and to see that grants are used by the grantees exclusively in the furtherance of charitable purposes.

A minimum gift of $10,000 is required to establish a named fund. Any established fund may be added to, but there are minimum gift requirements to establish a named fund.

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