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Giving Through AAACF

Giving through AAACF is easy. We're here to be your partner in strategic philanthropy and in making a impact on your community.

We're here to help.


Karen Shellie
Philanthropy Leader
734-663-0401 x125
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Patrick Naswell
Philanthropy Leader
734-663-0401 x126
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We have deep expertise and resources for accepting even the most complicated gifts. This allows you to give your most tax-efficient asset, maximizing the tax benefits of your generosity. We will to work with you and your professional advisor to figure out the most appropriate giving and estate plan options.

Giving Options

We accept a variety of gifts, including cash/check, appreciated securities, mutual funds, real estate & personal property, or other assets. Our secure online portal can help you make a gift online. You can also leave a legacy through a gift from your will or estate.

Other options include designating AAACF as a beneficiary of life insurance, establishing an income stream for you and your loved ones through a Charitable Gift Annuity, transferring assets from a private foundation, or making an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution.

Charitable Gift Annuities

In 2016, AAACF made great progress on efforts to expand its services to Washtenaw County organizations and donors. With funding from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, AAACF formally launched its Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) program. A CGA provides a simple and accessible way for donors to receive life-income and to support a nonprofit endowment. Interested in learning more? Contact us for a personalized conversation.

To consider options for leaving a legacy for Washtenaw County, explore our resources on planned giving through your estate, and contact us for a personal conversation.

Creating a Named Fund at AAACF

AAACF manages more than 550 charitable funds on behalf of donors and our community. Interested in creating your own fund? Explore different levels of engagement through our options below, and contact us for a conversation.

*Minimum in gifts required to grant are noted below.

Support Broad Interest Areas and/or Multiple Organizations

Community Impact Funds ($5,000)

These funds support AAACF’s work with community partners and nonprofits in identifying local needs, priorities, and opportunities for innovative solutions. The lower threshold for establishing a permanent named fund allows for broader representation of donors who are investing in our community’s vibrancy.

Field of Interest Funds ($25,000-$1,000,000)

Donors to these funds designate a specific cause (e.g., early childhood) or a broad area of impact (e.g., arts & culture) they wish to support. AAACF then has the flexibility to award grants to local organizations and programs making a difference in that area.

The minimum for a Advised FOI is $1,000,000 and $250,000 for a Nonaligned FOI (Aligned FOIs include the broad areas of human services, youth, seniors, environment, arts, and equity).

Donor-Advised Funds ($50,000)

An attractive alternative to private foundations or a commercial gift fund, an AAACF donor advised fund provides donors with the flexibility to recommend grants to their favorite nonprofits, locally and beyond. A secure online giving portal allows donors to direct their charitable giving from one place. Donors can also leverage AAACF’s in-depth local knowledge for identifying grant opportunities to maximize impact.

Support Specific Programs or Organizations

Nonprofit Endowment ($50,000)

Donors can support a favorite nonprofit or community organization by creating a designated endowment for that agency, thus providing a permanent income stream.

Scholarship Funds ($20,000 for a named fund; $100,000 for a named scholarship)

To help increase college access and graduation rates for students in Washtenaw County with the greatest need, the Community Scholarship Program (CSP) awards four-year scholarships to students representing any of three criteria: youth from low-income families, youth of color, and first-generation college students. New funds are all established within the CSP.

Administrative Funds ($10,000)

These gifts help support AAACF operations and community leadership efforts.

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