Canton Community Foundation

Emotions and ideals are driving forces for giving. It can be your passion for a cause. It can be your desire to help others. Or giving can be your way of remembering a loved one by ensuring that their causes are honored. Giving through the Canton Community Foundation allows you to ensure your vision of the future while fulfilling your passions.

Any of the assets listed below can be accepted by CCF.

  • Cash/Credit
  • 401 K or IRA
  • Stock, bonds, mutual funds
  • Real Estate
  • Life Estate Contracts
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • Bequests 

Other estate planning options are available.  Contact the Canton Community Foundation at 734-495-1200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

There are a variety of ways to make a gift to the Canton Community Foundation.

1. Make an unrestricted contribution to the Foundation

  • Make an unrestricted donation—Outright gifts can include cash, credit, securities, real estate, and life insurance.
  • Support an existing fund—There are dozens of funds held at CCF that vary in purpose. Help to build an existing fund. Click here to see a list of current funds.
  • Gifts can be general donations or tribute gifts. Special tribute donations can be made to honor or memorialize an individual.
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2. Join the Gold Leaf Giving Society

The Canton Community Foundation is celebrating its loyal supporters who make a pledge of giving at least $2,500 over five years to support the general operations of the Foundation. Through the generous support of the Gold Leaf Giving Society members, CCF can sustain its commitment to enhance philanthropy in Canton and the surrounding communities.

Make your pledge now (see giving society information in general donation page)

3. Create a new fund

An endowment fund in your name, family name or that of a loved one is a lasting way to support your favorite charitable causes throughout your life and leave a legacy long after you are gone. It is a powerful way to pass on the lessons of philanthropy to your children and their children.

All funds are created with the intent to become “endowed”, meaning it will live in perpetuity to continue to serve the community long into the future without the necessity of continuous fundraising. A fund becomes endowed once it reaches $10,000. A donor can start a fund for as little as $1,000 and the CCF staff will work with you to create a plan for reaching the $10,000 goal.

There are several types of funds that can be created with the Foundation.

4. Leave a Legacy through Planned Giving

Leaving a planned gift is a wonderful way to give to a charity you care about, and in some cases give more than you could during your lifetime.

Did you know:

  • You do not have to change your will to leave a bequest? You can simply add an amendment, called a codicil, to arrange for a gift upon your death.
  • It is easy to name a charity to receive part or all of an IRA, a 401(k), or a life insurance policy?
  • Your financial planner, attorney, or a development professional at your favorite charity, would be happy to answer your questions and assist you in carrying out your charitable intentions.

There are various tools you can use to leave a planned gift to CCF and join the CCF Legacy Society, including:

Bequest By Will: A bequest by will is a written statement in a donor's will directing that specific assets, or a percentage of the estate, will be transferred to CCF at the donor's death.

Charitable Gift Annuity: A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between a donor and CCF in which the donor makes an irrevocable transfer of cash or property to the foundation. In exchange for the irrevocable transfer by donor to the CCF, the donor will received a fixed income for life.

Charitable Remainder Trust: A charitable remainder trust is an irrevocable trust in which a donor transfers cash or property to a trustee and, in return, the donor (or other individuals named by the donor as income beneficiaries) receive income from the trust for life or a specified term of years not to exceed 20 years. When the trust terminates, the remainder is distributed to CCF as the named charitable remainder beneficiary.

Charitable Lead Trust: A charitable lead trust is a trust arrangement that pays current annual income to CCF for a specified period of years, with the trust principal reverting to the donor or the donor's family when the trust ends.

For more information on leaving a legacy gift to CCF, contact Beth Meade at 723-495-1200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.