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Giving Guidance to the Givers

Want to donate, but not sure how or where? The Indian River Community Foundation can help.

VNA Hospice’s Camp Chrysalis, a day camp for young children who have lost a loved one, was held May 22 at the Environmental Learning Center. From left, Lyda Harmon, Kathy Parker, IRCF Executive Director Kerry Bartlett, Tracey Soethe and Kimberly Carpenter of VNA Hospice, and Jennifer Malone, who sponsors the camp through her fund at IRCF.

VNA Hospice’s Camp Chrysalis, a day camp for young children who have lost a loved one, was held May 22 at the Environmental Learning Center. From left, Lyda Harmon, Kathy Parker, IRCF Executive Director Kerry Bartlett, Tracey Soethe and Kimberly Carpenter of VNA Hospice, and Jennifer Malone, who sponsors the camp through her fund at IRCF.

Champions of the Indian River Community Foundation admit that often their biggest challenge is helping people understand the concept of a community foundation. They have to start with negatives.

The Indian River Community Foundation (IRCF) is not a charity, and it does not provide programs and services. It does not compete with other non-profits for charitable dollars. It does not tell people how to be philanthropic, or how to spend their charitable dollars.
Once the negatives are covered, they can get into the positives – which are many – for the donors, local nonprofits and ultimately the community itself.

The IRCF is simply a vehicle for people to accomplish their individual or family’s current and future philanthropic goals. It does so in a way that makes it easier, less burdensome, and less costly than other means. Cities and towns that have established community foundations – there are some 700 in the United States – are stronger because they are the beneficiaries of greater philanthropy than they would be without such a foundation.

Read the entire article in the Summer 2010 issue