How do I contact Community First Solution’s Office of Development?

What does the Community First Solutions Office of Development do?

What payment methods does Community First Solutions accept?

Can I give to a specific area?

Where does my gift go if I don’t stipulate a specific area?

How much of my gift will actually go to the fund(s) I select?

Is my gift tax-deductible?

I cannot make a large donation.  Will my contribution be helpful?

Is it possible to make an anonymous donation?

Can my gift be made in honor or in memory of someone?

What is a planned gift?

How do I make a gift?

How can I update my address?


 

How do I contact Community First Solution’s Office of Development?

230 Ludlow Street
Hamilton, OH  45011
Phone: (513) 785-4790
DevelopmentOffice@community-first.org

Key contact for:

Major and Planned Giving
Betsy Wilson - bwilson@community-first.org
Director, Major and Planned Giving 
(513) 785-4062

Special Events and Memorial Giving
Kim Neal - kneal@community-first.org
Development Coordinator
(513) 785-4059

Donor Relations and Gift Acknowledgment
Carol McCollum - cmccollum@community-first.org
Development Assistant
(513) 785-4794


What does the Community First Solutions Office of Development do?

The Community First Solutions Office of Development is the philanthropy hub for the four organizations operated under the parent company of Community First Solutions.  We receive, manage and steward all contributions and bequests made to the parent to the four organizations operated under the parent (Colonial, Partners in Prime, Community Behavioral Health or Community First Pharmacy). 

We help individuals, business and organizations positively impact issues they are passionate about—and use the assets entrusted to us to support programs that further our mission.


What payment methods does Community First Solutions accept?

Community First Solutions accepts donations by cash, check or credit card (VISA, MasterCard and American Express).  Donations may also be made through automated clearing house (ACH) transfers, by phone or online (link to online giving). 

Checks should be made payable to Community First Solutions and the restriction for use clearly marked or included with the check.

To give gifts of securities, please call us at (513) 785-4790 or email us at DevelopmentOffice@community-first.org.  

To find out more about gift-planning strategies, including gifts of real estate, securities and bequests, as well as gifts that can produce an income stream, please call Betsy Wilson at (513) 785-4062 or email her at bwilson@community-first.org.


Can I give to a specific area?

Yes.You may choose from many different funds. These may be funds related to capital improvements, employee scholarships, life care for Colonial residents, home-delivered meals for homebound individuals, wellness, behavioral health programs, to name a few.

You may also contact the Development Office to speak with a representative about ways to earmark your gift to a specific program or specific organization (Colonial, Partners in Prime, Community Behavioral Health, Community First Pharmacy, or to the parent, Community First Solutions).


Where does my gift go if I don’t stipulate a specific area?

If your gift is not earmarked then it is considered “unrestricted” or undesignated for a specific use.  These types of gifts are especially important because they support Community First’s greatest needs.  Many of these needs are high-priority, newly emerging, unbudgeted projects for which funding and other resources are insufficient.  Examples include:  capital projects and targeted new or redesigned programs.  Unlike other organizations, unrestricted gifts are rarely used to cover operational budget shortfalls.


How much of my gift will actually go to the fund(s) I select?

100% of your gift will go to the fund you designate; there are no administrative or operating costs deducted from your gift.


Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes. Community First Solutions, Colonial, Partners in Prime, Community Behavioral Health, Community First Pharmacy are 501c(3) tax-exempt organizations and as such, your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Every donor regardless of the amount will receive a written acknowledgement stating their gift amount. 


I cannot make a large donation.  Will my contribution be helpful?

A gift, no matter what the size, can have a tremendous impact. Whatever, the amount, your gift shows that you believe in the area you have chosen to support. Many of our current funds are funded by a large number of small gifts.


Is it possible to make an anonymous donation?

Yes. You only need to include a note with your contribution indicating you wish to remain anonymous.


Can my gift be made in honor or in memory of someone?

Yes. In addition to you receiving a written acknowledgement confirming your gift, if you provide us the address of the person or family member who the gift is made in honor or in memory of, we will send them an acknowledgement stating the gift was made by you. We do not share the amount of your gift.


What is a planned gift?

A planned gift is a major gift made in a donor's lifetime or at death as part of a donor's overall financial or estate plan. These gifts typically come from a variety of sources including cash, securities/stock, real estate, life insurance, trusts, retirement plans, or other types of assets. Because of the tax benefits associated with a planned gift, this type of giving can be very attractive for both the organization and the donor. For more information on planned giving, please call the Office of Development.


How do I make a gift?

We encourage you to make your gift online.  If you prefer to send by mail, please mail to 230 Ludlow Street, Hamilton, OH  45011 to the attention of the Office of Development.


How can I update my address?

To update any of your information, including changes of address, name or marital status, please contact us by email at DevelopmentOffice@community-first.org or send us a letter addressed to 230 Ludlow Street, Hamilton, OH  45011 to the attention of the Office of Development.