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Supporting Organizations

High impact, high involvement, low hassle

Establishing a supporting organization at the Ashland County Community Foundation is an excellent alternative to a private foundation, with only a fraction of the administrative responsibilities. You maintain personal involvement and support the causes you care about most while enjoying the favorable tax treatment of a public charity. The Ashland County Community Foundation takes care of investment management, startup costs, grant administration, and reporting.

Private foundation alternative

Though connected to the Ashland County Community Foundation, the supporting organization you establish is a separate charitable entity that bears your name, the name of your family or business, or honors any person or organization you choose. You can have a great deal of control over your grantmaking without the burdens of operating a separate private foundation. You and future generations may even appoint successor board members to help direct the supporting organization you establish and define its purpose and mission.

Greater deductions for some contributions

Your contributions may yield a greater tax deduction than those made to a private foundation, and the supporting organization is not subject to other private foundation rules and regulations, such as paying an excise tax or making a minimum payout each year. Working through the Ashland County Community Foundation, you have the choice of receiving recognition or remaining anonymous in your giving.

Efficiency and expertise

Several efficiencies preserve your charitable assets and allow you to make the impact you desire. The startup and administration is simple and allows your board to begin issuing grants right away. And through the years, the Ashland County Community Foundation provides local grantmaking expertise, reporting services, and management of the supporting organization's assets.


Donors may contribute any amount at any time to ACCF Endowment Funds, which provide enduring support and ensure future grantmaking capacity.