Ways to Give
There are a number of ways to support Community First Solutions, from making a single gift or a multi-year pledge, attending a fundraiser, remembering us in your estate plans, and more. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, these charitable gifts are important to us and allow us to carry out our mission in a larger way. Private funding from individuals, foundations and corporations has helped to expand and update our buildings and grounds, and supported high priority projects and programming.
Here are a few examples of the types of gifts that you may wish to consider.
Cash, Check or Credit Card
One of the simplest ways to make a gift is a single donation by cash, check or credit card. You may designate any one of our facilities or programs or allow us to use your gift towards the greatest need. Gifts made by credit card may be made online using Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
Recurring Gifts and Pledges
- Many of our donors like the lasting impact and convenience of a recurring gift. The donor determines the frequency of their gift, for example, monthly, quarterly, or annually. Gifts are either processed by direct debit using an ACH transfer from a chosen financial institution or by credit card. To set up monthly or quarterly giving, contact the Office of Development at (513)-785-4790 or DevelopmentOffice@community-first.org.
- Donors who want to make a larger gift can spread the payments out over three to five years. Making a multi-year pledge enables the donor to have a greater impact on the organization and helps Community First over several years. For more information about how to make a larger gift, please contact Kim Neal, Development Coordinator at email@example.com or (513) 785-4059.
Memorial and Tributes
Perhaps you would like to honor someone special in your life by making a memorial or tribute gift. It’s a wonderful way to provide a lasting tribute to that special person, while helping further the mission of Community First. We will send the honoree or the closest family member an acknowledgement stating a gift was received, without mentioning the amount.
Gifts of Securities
We accept gifts of securities, including stocks and bonds. A gift of appreciated securities is an easy way for you to make a charitable donation, and you may benefit by avoiding paying capital gains tax and receiving a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the securities. For more information about how to transfer securities to Community First, contact the Office of Development at (513) 785-4790 or DevelopmentOffice@community-first.org.
Estate and Planned Gifts
Plan a future gift for Community First through your will, trust, bequest, charitable gift annuity, life insurance, real estate, stock or bonds. Our Plan Your Legacy page offers electronic tools, brochures, and information on how to make a the right planned gift for you and your family. To discuss your options, please contact Kim Neal, Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 785-4059.
We have many donors who support us by attending or sponsoring special event fundraisers. Our most popular fundraisers include the Community First Golf Classic and the Colonial Schools Carnival.
Some corporations encourage charitable giving by their employees by offering matching gift programs. Most companies who offer matching gift programs will match an employee or retiree’s gift up to 100% and some matches will even double or triple the amount of your gift. Ask your employer’s Human Resources Department for more information.
The staff at Community First Solutions are talented, caring, and special individuals. They believe in the work they do and demonstrate their passion by supporting the Share Our Spirit Employee Campaign. Since the inception of the campaign in 2014, staff have personally donated nearly $150,000 through contributions to a variety of programs.
Recognition and Naming Opportunities
Community First is grateful to the forward thinking individuals and families who have made transformational gifts to the organization. If it was not for these gifts, many important projects would not have been possible. For significant gifts of $10,000 or more, there may be unique naming opportunities. Also, our retirement communities have recognition opportunities through a variety of donor and memorial walls. Kim Neal, Development Coordinator, would be happy to discuss options for naming opportunities or how you wish to be recognized.
The Legacy Society is a small select group of donors who have included Community First or one of its not-for-profit subsidiaries in their estate planning. Whether by will or trust, naming us as a beneficiary on a bank account (POD), brokerage account or IRA, these individuals help advance our mission into the future.