Partner with The Community Foundation for McHenry County for Your Clients’ Philanthropy

Whether it’s establishing a legacy or giving confidently to have the greatest impact, The Community Foundation for McHenry County (The Foundation) can help you help your clients achieve their charitable goals. Acting as thought partners, our team assists seasoned and emerging advisors and donors alike. We measure philanthropy by the impact created, not just the dollars given.

Giving Vehicles and Fees

Type of Fund



Support Fee


Immediate tax deduction; grants may be requested at donor’s convenience; anonymity is possible

$25,000 minimum

1% of fund balance


Support McHenry County charitable organization(s) in perpetuity by giving to an endowment that supports organizations and initiatives meeting the most critical needs of the day.

$25,000 for a named fund

1% of fund balance

FIELD-OF-INTEREST FUND with an endowed fund

Support particular areas of community life, such as the arts or education, or specific populations, such as children or the elderly, in perpetuity.


1% of fund balance


Donors identify particular charitable organizations or programs as the fund’s beneficiaries; The Foundation will provide grants to the organizations in perpetuity.


1% of fund balance


Scholarship funds support undergraduate and graduate education. Donors may define eligibility criteria, the school and the field of study.


1% of fund balance

Quick Tip: Looking for a way to talk about philanthropy with a client for the first time? Here’s an open-ended conversation starter: “Beyond self, family and work, is there anywhere or anything else in the world on which you would like to have a positive impact?”

Resources for Donors and Advisors

The Foundation offers philanthropic and professional benefits, including:

  • Special events, educational seminars, and presentations providing information about and insight into issues affecting McHenry County
  • Workshops on philanthropic giving, legacy giving, and more
  • Access to deep knowledge and expertise in our program areas
  • Relationships with our staff, who offer assistance customized to each donor’s needs and goals
  • The ability to give anonymously through The Foundation
  • Education on benefits of a community foundation versus a family/private foundation

Planned Legacy and Giving

We can help you and your clients find the best way to incorporate philanthropy into an estate plan, including gifts by will or trust, gifts of retirement plan assets and life insurance, and gifts that pay income and preserve assets for future generations. Encourage donors to shape their legacy while living. Donors can begin an endowed fund that they can amend as their philanthropy and passions continue to take shape.