Your Philanthropy

Imagine the possibilities - now and in the future

Whether you’re 26 or 62, you may have questions about how to strengthen your community and what it means to be called “a philanthropist”.  And when we say philanthropist, we don’t attach a dollar amount—we focus on your inspiration to build a better future for our region.

Asking yourself questions such as—Where do I see myself today? What opportunities do I want to seize? What problems do I want to help reduce or solve? What do I want to be remembered for?—may lead you to discover some new answers or reinforce what you already knew about yourself.

Here at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, we appreciate philanthropists of all levels and at all stages in their lives. We pride ourselves in offering options and services appropriate for where you are today in your giving, as well as where you are looking to be tomorrow.

To help you get started or continue your journey as an informed philanthropist, we have highlighted some strategies that you may like to explore:

  1. Identify and learn about causes that inspire you
  2. Resist the urge to respond to every solicitation letter or email
  3. Give appreciated stock; it will likely save you money so you can give more
  4. Be planful - learn about gifts that provide income to you and/or a loved one and later support organizations important to you
  5. Be proactive - call your attorney to discuss the merits of including a charitable bequest in your will
  6. Get involved - join a nonprofit board, volunteer, share your expertise, inspire others
  7. Tell your family about your giving and why you do it. Ask them the question: Our Community's Future . . . What Inspires You?

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