Establish a Nonprofit Fund

Nonprofit organization endowment funds established at the Community Foundation are referred to as Agency funds. Below are the most common questions and answers about

Agency endowments at the Community Foundation. 

What is an Agency endowment fund?


A CFNF agency endowment is a fund which is kept in perpetuity to provide invested earnings for the benefit of the nonprofit organization for which the fund was established. An endowment fund grows through gifts from donors, contributions from the organization itself, and investment income.




Who should create an endowment?


Organizations with strong leadership and management, financial stability, a committed and diverse pool of donors, board and staff committed to the effort, and the capacity to engage in this long-term fundraising strategy are the best candidates for endowment development.




How do you set up an endowment fund?


A nonporfit organization can establish an Agency endowment fund with the Community Foundation by completing a fund agreement and providing an initial gift of $10,000 or more.




Why does an organization need an endowment fund?


An endowment provides an additional source of annual revenue to an organization for assisting with operations, programs or unanticipated needs, if necessary.




What is the minimum amount needed to start an endowed fund?


To establish an endowment fund at the Community Foundation, a minimum gift of $10,000 is required.




Who can establish an Agency endowment with the Foundation?


An Agency endowment can be established by any qualified charitable nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or by a private donor of the organization.




What are the fees for an Agency endowment fund at the Community Foundation?


The annual administrative fee for an Agency endowment is based on the fund balance as follows: 1.5% $50,000 + 1.75% under $50,000 $175 under $10,000 The fee for any fund above $3 million will reduce as follows:

$3-6 million = 1.0%

$6-9 million = 0.8%

$9-12 million = 0.6%

Above $12 million = 0.4%

Investment Fee

Each fund pays a pro-rata share of the investment costs (approximately 67 basis points, less than 1%) annually. Generally, non-endowed funds do not earn interest and are not charged an investment fee.

NOTE: All investment returns are reported net of investment costs.




What type of gifts can donors give to an endowment fund?


The Community Foundation can accept a variety of gifts from your donors to your organization's endowment fund. Learn more about Charitable Gift Types





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Agency Endowment Funds

View a sample Agency Fund Agreement