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Five FAQs to help you establish an endowment

Many community-minded individuals have served on the boards of directors of charitable organizations in our region. If you’ve served on a charity’s board (or several!), you are no doubt familiar with the concept of an endowment. Many charities establish endowment funds and reserve funds at the FM Area Foundation to help ensure that their missions […]

Donor-advised fund do’s and don’ts

A donor-advised fund is one of many types of funds you can establish at the FM Area Foundation. Field-of-interest funds, designated funds, unrestricted funds, and scholarship funds are also popular and can make a big difference in the community while also fulfilling your goals for tax and charitable planning. If you’ve established a donor-advised fund […]

Fund types tailored to your client’s charitable goals

Just as each of your clients has a unique estate plan and financial plan to meet the client’s particular situation and goals, each of your philanthropic clients needs a unique charitable giving plan. For example, for some clients, giving shares of highly-appreciated stock consistently yearly to their fund at the FM Area Foundation makes the […]

What happens when I leave a bequest to my fund at the community foundation?

Many donors and fund holders at the FM Area Foundation have updated their estate plans to leave a bequest to their donor-advised or other type of fund. Some bequests take the form of a “specific bequest,” meaning that the FM Area Foundation fund receives a specific amount of money from the donor’s probate estate or […]

Our door is open: What happens when you meet with the team

At the FM Area Foundation, we are honored to work with generous individuals and families like so many of you who’ve established funds to support the causes you care about and the needs of our community both now and in the future. We’re also inspired by those of you who are getting to know the […]

Tips for serving clients who love local

Your charitably-minded clients certainly have no shortage of options for their philanthropic dollars. Many clients use their donor-advised funds, for example, at the FM Area Foundation, to support favorite charities across the country, including alma maters, organizations in the communities where they’ve lived in the past or have a second home, or charities in communities […]

FAQs: A snapshot of clients’ tax-time charitable giving questions

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The year is in full swing. Attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors are asking clients to start gathering tax documents and related paperwork for 2023 tax returns and 2024 planning. Now is a good time for advisors to review a few basic tax principles related to charitable giving. Here are three questions that are top of […]

Brian Hayer Joins Board of Directors

Brian Hayer is a highly accomplished and dedicated individual who brings a wealth of experience to the FM Area Foundation. As Managing Director at Bell Insurance, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership and a commitment to positively impacting our community. Brian completed his Master of Science degree in the field of Insurance from Arizona State University. […]

Clean slate: Tips for charitable giving in 2024

A new year is such a great time to plan and reboot. Cliche as it may be to talk about resolutions this time of year, it’s tough to deny that January represents a clean slate for “to-do” lists, goals, and your overall mindset. As you think about your 2024 charitable giving goals and priorities, here […]