Donations with Real Impact

There are many factors at play in charitable giving: from the amount of money to how it grows, where it goes, and how it gets there. We make sure each piece of the process meets your needs and those of the causes you care about. Whether you already know which organizations you want to support, or whether you need our guidance, you will receive attentive and informed service.

Working with JCF is an effective way to achieve multiple charitable goals, focus your giving strategy, support present and future community needs, and build legacy—with low-cost administration. We provide donors with a simple process, prudent stewardship, and flexible giving options for a rewarding philanthropic experience.

  • Increase the strength of your gift: We put your charitable dollars where they make the biggest difference.
  • Extend the reach of your gift: We help nonprofits build internal capacity so they can more effectively use grant money.
  • Ensure the permanence of your gift: We focus on the long-term health of our community and apply grant money where it makes a lasting impact.
  • Stay engaged with how your charitable dollars are spent: We welcome donor involvement and encourage active participation in your charitable giving.
  • Benefit from tax advantages: JCF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation organized under the laws of the State of Washington. Contributions to the foundation qualify as charitable deductions as allowed by the IRS.
  • Maintain privacy: Many people want to maintain a low profile around their giving and JCF makes that possible. We protect anonymity when requested and we do not sell, share or trade donor names or personal information with any other entity. For donations processed through a third-party service provider, donor information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

Legacy giving offers a way to make a difference, far beyond the measure of one lifetime.

Couple planning their estate

JCF Legacy Society recognizes individuals who have chosen to leave a lasting charitable legacy in Jefferson County by donating to the Jefferson Community Foundation itself or by donating their “fund” at the Community Foundation through a will, trust, designation or other planned gift. JCF Legacy Society honors its individual members’ charitable passions while establishing members as philanthropic role models in our community. Legacy Society participants are an inspiration to others to look toward the future and learn how they too can have an enduring impact on the causes they care about.

If you’ve already included the Community Foundation or your “fund” at the Foundation through a planned gift, we invite you to let us know so that we may honor you as a member of the JCF Legacy Society. You can always remain anonymous in this decision as well. Legacy Society members share a dedication to Jefferson County – but every act of giving is personal and unique. Contact us to discuss your preferences. JCF will also work directly with your lawyer or estate planner to help make your intentions and plans clear.

JCF Legacy Society Members


You can establish or add to a fund with any of the following:

  • Cash (cash equivalents, including credit card donations)
  • Marketable securities (stock)
  • Transfer of a Fund from another community foundation
  • Transfer of a private foundation
  • Closely held, restricted or pre-IPO stock
  • Real estate, partial interest in real estate or promissory notes
  • Tangible personal property
  • Royalties and distribution rights
  • Business Interests, including partnerships and interests in LLCs

In general, JCF’s gift policy is to liquidate any stock, real estate, property, etc. and deposit the cash into your fund to be used as you direct.

Is your asset not listed here? Contact Siobhan Canty ( to learn if we can help.

We recommend you consult with your financial or legal advisor to identify the optimum asset for your personal situation. Please contact JCF prior to initiating your gift so we can be prepared when you are ready to open or add to your fund.