Community Giving

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Choose your path.

Philanthropy: the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

There are many ways to make a gift which will create an impact on your community. As a donor or an advisor working with individuals, there are a number of ways to give through CommunityGiving and our partner foundations:

  • create or contribute to a charitable fund;
  • create or contribute to a scholarship;
  • make a bequest to CommunityGiving or a partner foundation;
  • name CommunityGiving or a partner foundation as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy;
  • donate to CommunityGiving or a partner foundation via your IRA or other retirement plan asset; and,
  • directly donate to a cause close to your heart;

Some of the above gifts are what we refer to as legacy gifts; they provide for the community into the future, rather than just now. Both types of donors are extremely important to the causes, organizations and students who utilize the grant and scholarship programs here. If you are able, we encourage you to leave a legacy for future generations. Read about some of our legacy donors here.

“Never respect people merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.”
– Gamaliel Bailey


To see investment statements, click here. For investment types and direct donations, see below.



There are many different paths you can take to practice philanthropy through CommunityGiving, as stated above. Learn more about all gift types here. Ultimately, your contributions will be used to help others in your community through one of the following routes. You can get started today!


CommunityGiving manages more than 700 charitable funds established by individuals, families and organizations to support a wide range of charities and causes. While you can donate to funds who support organizations outside of Minnesota, 88.3% of all grants awarded stay in the state. Learn more about the grants which come out of these funds here.



Each year, CommunityGiving’s partner foundations award more than $186,000 in scholarships to students who have a connection to Central Minnesota and its generous donors. Learn more about our scholarship programs here.



Choose from a variety of causes close to your heart – and close to home. You can invest a little or a lot. We ensure your philanthropy makes a difference.



CommunityGiving has developed the Family Giving Guide to help families explore philanthropy at all stages and across generations. It provides interactive and compelling ideas in a user-friendly format. Learn more here or email if you would like a physical copy of the Family Giving Guide sent to you.