Making a Difference

1 Feb, 2022

Philanthropy versus Fundraising

Philanthropy versus Fundraising The words philanthropy and fundraising are often used interchangeably. Yet each has a very distinctive meaning. We often think money is the driving force for doing good. However, our values and beliefs create that drive. Philanthropy is our love for humanity. It focuses on impact and outcome, not money. Whereas fundraising

11 Oct, 2021

Purpose of Long-Term Charitable Funds

Purpose of Long-Term Charitable Funds Annual donations are a primary source of many nonprofits’ day-to-day operating revenue. These gifts are particularly important during a crisis or recessionary periods, when often needs of those served are going up as other funding sources are going down. It is during such challenging times that long-term charitable funds

15 Jul, 2021

The Beauty of an Unrestricted Gift

Beauty of an Unrestricted Gift Giving trends today show that most donors give to support non-profit programs.  Donors like to know exactly how their donations are being used.  After all, it is their right to choose how to spend it. So, whatever happened to the unrestricted gift? These types of gifts are critical because

30 Jul, 2020

Fundraising in Uncertain Times

Fundraising in Uncertain Times Economic recessions are a fact of life. They are not easy times; however, we need to embrace these time periods rather than sit in idle as a fundraiser. Missions need to go on and so does fundraising, because recession or not, donors like to give. Keep in mind gifts sizes may

13 Dec, 2019

Match Day 2019 Conclusion

We are pleased to announce that Match Day 2019 was a success because of You!  All 16 organization met their match and are ready to do some good with the proceeds.  Below is the list of the final totals for all 16 organizations.   GRAND TOTAL - $377,791.12 Alpha Community Center - $41,051.79 Big Brothers Big

11 Sep, 2019

Our Role in Philanthropy

Our Role in Philanthropy At the Community Foundation of Shelby County, we help people who want to provide a lasting gift to help the community. We assist donors in creating charitable funds to benefit the regions, causes, or organizations of their choosing. Some charitable funds have one donor while others are established by the gifts