Grantmaking in the New Year

hawkins@growyourgiving.org Individual & Family Giving

As we’re settling into a new year, some of us may be leaning into new routines and rhythms in an effort to better ourselves, our families, or our communities. As you’re fine-tuning your plans and vision for 2023, consider what your philanthropic goals look like and how you might alter your giving moving forward. Here’s a short list of things to consider:

  1. Review your grants from 2022 in the online donor portal
    Take a moment to appreciate all the good you did in 2022. Which grants will you make again? If there are organizations you give to every year, consider letting them know they can count on you by granting to them earlier in the year. No need to make them wonder and wait for the winter holidays.
  2. Consider the tenants of trust-based philanthropy
    As just one of the six best practices of trust-based philanthropy, unrestricted and consistent funding can be transformative for nonprofit organizations. If you’re interested in digging into the work of trust-based giving, our podcast episode with Shaady Salehi is a great starting point.
  3. Involve your family in your giving
    Loop your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or anyone you consider family into a conversation around giving. Choose a few new organizations to learn about and select one to make a grant to, or if you’re ready for a deeper discussion about your family’s philanthropic strategy, contact us to learn about our consultative services.
  4. Grant year-round, for any occasion or celebration
    One of the major benefits of giving through a donor-advised fund is giving any time you wish! It is not only good for the causes you care about, but there is also science that proves granting any amount regularly and often is good for your health.

Remember, when you give through the Community Foundation, our entire team is here to support you no matter how you choose to give.

Authored by Debbie Wilkerson, President and CEO