Creating Legacies for Montgomery County’s Future
The Montgomery County Community Foundation was established by Reverend Don Gebert and George Mitchell in 1983 to build a permanent fund that would provide for the present and future well-being of our community. To this end, MCCF encourages philanthropy by offering local donors simplicity and flexibility in carrying out their charitable wishes while creating an enduring legacy. We strive to be the hub where local donors, nonprofits, and community needs meet. A board of private citizens, who represent the diverse interests of Montgomery County, governs the Foundation.
MCCF is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering maximum tax advantages and is one of more than 800 community foundations throughout the United States.
Advantages Of Giving to Montgomery County Community Foundation
Partnering with MCCF allows donors to plan their lifetime giving as well as their legacy in the community. Establishing a charitable fund through MCCF ensures donors that their gift will be a permanent source of community capital, which will benefit the people of Montgomery County for generations to come. Charitable giving through a Montgomery County Community Foundation affords effective philanthropy without the burdensome administrative costs, IRS requirements, compliance regulations, and excise tax payments associated with a private foundation. The MCCF’s Board of Directors provides strong investment oversight, and the staff manages all administrative details of the endowment. The impact of donors’ philanthropic dollars is maximized by pooling them with other gifts, which can provide a consistent source of annual income and growth that helps maintain the donors’ mission in perpetuity.
IRS 501c3 Determination Letter
The Montgomery County Community Foundation creates legacies to fulfill dreams in Montgomery County, Texas.
Provide leadership in Montgomery County by directing sustainable financial resources that strengthen our community and improve the quality of life for current and future generations.
What We Do
MCCF receives charitable gifts, manages charitable assets, and makes charitable grants. Currently, the Foundation administers $10 million dollars in over 55 endowment funds contributed or bequeathed by individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources. These funds are invested to grow and sustain the long-term charitable goals of our donors. Income from these funds allows MCCF to make impactful grants and scholarships, totaling over $2.266 million dollars to date, which supports numerous nonprofits, students at the local level and long term disaster recovery grant for local residents. Matching community resources with community needs is our ultimate goal.
How We Do It
MCCF’s funds are professionally managed by Woodlands Securities Corporation and Woodlands Asset Management, Inc. who provide a balance of consistent growth with minimal risk. The Foundation Board’s Investment Committee sets policy, asset allocation ranges and meets regularly with our advisors to ensure the assets are protected while earning our income goals. Investment revenue is distributed annually through grants to nonprofit agencies working in the county and educational scholarships to local students.
Grants are awarded in a manner consistent with donors’ specific and general interests. A distribution committee, made up of community volunteers, is given the responsibility of maximizing social return when distributing the investment revenue. As a philanthropic partner, MCCF provides the stewardship, flexibility, and guidance to help donors support projects dearest to their hearts. This constructive grantmaking strengthens local nonprofits by helping them achieve their missions and ensures donors receive the most from their philanthropy.
The final part of the Foundation’s model is no administrative costs charged to the funds. The MCCF board and staff hold two fundraising events annually to raise the foundation’s expenses, such as staff, office space, and associated costs. Fund donors and the community as a whole are invited to support these events. This allows all of the earning to either go out into grants or remain in the funds to increase their growth. To date, this business strategy has increased MCCF’s assets by 71%. This has also increased the funds available for grantmaking each year.
MCCF By The Numbers in 2020
Agencies Receiving Grants
What is a Community Foundation?
Montgomery County Community Foundation is a fully tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. MCCF was established to create and build a permanent fund to provide for the present and future well-being of our community. It was formed to provide a vehicle that a wide range of donors can utilize to support organizations and life affirming causes in Montgomery County, Texas, in which they are interested. MCCF can customize a fund account of lasting value and impact to meet specific philanthropic objectives—examples include senior citizens, health and wellness, the environment, youth, education, social services, public safety, civic and cultural activities, recreation, or the arts. Contributions are pooled for investment purposes with guidance from professional investment managers. Donors may recommend that grants be made from their fund to any qualified nonprofit organization in the county.
Why establish a fund?
Topping the list of reasons why many people create funds is the practical fact that MCCF offers a great tax advantage because it qualifies as a public charity under federal tax law. Contributions to MCCF made during a donor’s lifetime can result in the highest level of charitable tax deduction. Bequests made to Montgomery County Community Foundation are also deductible from federal estate taxes. The investment of these contributions is actively supervised by the MCCF Board of Directors with the goal of achieving maximum growth while minimizing risk, in order to support the donor’s philanthropic interests.
Through conservative investing and prudent stewardship, MCCF offers an efficient and cost-effective way for an individual to become a philanthropist. A fund may be established in a donor’s name or in a loved one’s name.
HOw do i start my own fund?
- Decide how you would like to make the contribution to establish the fund. You can contribute cash, appreciated stock, or your Required Minimum Distribution totaling $15,000 or more, payable in no less than $3,000 increments for five years.
- Select a name for your fund. You might want to use your own name, the name of a family member, or one that focuses on the fund’s intent.
- Complete and sign the fund agreement form.
- Receive a tax deduction at the time the fund is established and when additional contributions are made to the fund.
What are the benefits of starting a fund through MCCF?
Tax Advantages*: Gifts made to MCCF can result in a charitable tax deduction of up to 60% of adjusted gross income for cash gifts, compared to tax deductions of only 30% with private foundations.
Simplicity: A gift creates a “charitable savings account” and the investment income from the account benefits the nonprofit community. You can establish a fund for a specific nonprofit organization, a field of interest in which you have a passion, advise on the nonprofit organizations that request funds to serve the residents of Montgomery County, Texas or scholarships.
Stewardship: Montgomery County Community Foundation’s board of directors ensures your charitable giving not only grows through sound financial investments but also honors your wishes in perpetuity. Should the nonprofit specifically benefitting from your fund cease to exist, the board of the foundation ensures that grants continue to honor the mission of the organization that you felt so strongly about.
Efficiency: Unlike a private foundation, there are no start-up costs, annual IRS filings, or excise taxes.
Permanence and continuity: Since all funds invested with MCCF are permanently endowed, the income generated from the funds will remain in Montgomery County, benefiting the citizens of Montgomery County, now and forever.
*MCCF is in no way attempting to give tax or legal advice and recommends that you consult with a qualified accountant and/or attorney.
Can I make a gift in my will?
One of the best ways of establishing a gift that keeps on giving to the deserving non-profit organization(s) in our county in which you have an interest is through your will. It is possible through a charitable lead trust or a charitable remainder trust created by your will to provide for your loved ones during their lifetimes with funds going to the foundation also. This could result in significant tax benefits to your estate, but you should contact an attorney experienced in wills and estates for expert advice on these matters.
Can My civic or service organization establish a fund?
The foundation has in place all the tax exempt public charity permits and tools to invest and account for your organization’s donated funds. Your organization needs only to designate a county charity or civic organization as beneficiary and contribute funds to the foundation for investment. This needs to be accompanied by a formal resolution of your organization’s board of directors. The foundation executive director can make this a quick and easy transaction.
How much of the funds contributed go for<br /> administration and operation of the foundation?
To date, the Montgomery County Community Foundation has been able to raise enough funds through its annual Shoot Out and Wine Dinner fundraisers to pay for all administrative operating costs. Therefore, 100% of all donated permanent legacy funds being invested provide income for Montgomery County non-profit charitable and civic organizations.
Who runs the Montgomery County Community Foundation?
The foundation is directed by a board of directors of well-known and respected citizens of Montgomery County who make decisions which are carried out by an executive director, an independent investment advisor and certified public accountant. Directors are nominated and elected by other members of the board and serve staggered terms. They receive no compensation for their service and have no pecuniary interest in any organization with which the foundation does business. Click here to view our current leaders.
Is it possible for a knowledgeable person connected with the foundation to speak to my organization?
The foundation will be more than happy to provide a speaker for your group to explain the goals and operation of the foundation. Telephone Julie Martineau, MCCF Executive Director, at the Foundation office: (281) 363-8158 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make the necessary arrangements.