Gift Transmission Information

As your philanthropic interest grows, increasing your fund will allow you to provide critical support for the causes most important to you and your family now and in the future. You can increase your fund at The Community Foundation at any time through a current or planned gift. We are available to assist with your charitable gift planning and would be happy to work with you and/or your professional advisor.

if you need assistance, please contact Helen Conteh Davies at hcontehdavies@thecommunityfoundation.org.


Gifts Made Via Credit Card

Gifts can be made online at www.thecommunityfoundation.org/donate.


Mailing Address for Gifts by Check

Greater Washington Community Foundation
PO Box 49010
Baltimore, MD 21297-4910 (please include 4 digit code 4910 or processing may be delayed)

Please note this address is only for mailing gifts made via check.
All other mail correspondence should be sent to our main office at:

1325 G Street NW, Suite 480
Washington, DC 20005


ACH (Automated Clearing House)

ACH information available upon request. Please include donor’s name/fund name in reference section of the transfer.

Please contact donorservices@thecommunityfoundation.org.


Wire Instructions for Gifts of Cash

Wire transfer information available upon request. Please include donor’s name/fund name in reference section of the transfer.

Please contact donorservices@thecommunityfoundation.org.


Wire Instructions for Gifts of Securities

Our custodian for the facilitation of stock gifts is SEI Private Trust Company. Please contact donorservices@thecommunityfoundation.org to request wire transfer information.

Please include donor’s name/fund name in reference section of the transfer. Note: Gifts of mutual funds require special handling. Please contact us for more information.


Types of Gifts we can accept

The Community Foundation can accept many forms of simple, complex, or deferred gifts, such as:

Liquid Assets

Cash, credit card (online gifts), publicly traded securities held long term, mutual funds, and most bonds can easily be used to add philanthropic resources to a fund. 

Illiquid assets

Contributing closely held stocks, partnership interests, or real estate to your fund may provide you with an income tax deduction based on the fair market value of the gift and eliminate all capital gains taxes. This would allow you to make a substantially greater gift than you otherwise would have thought possible for the same out-of-pocket cost.

IRA Charitable Rollover

If you are age 70½ and older, you can direct up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA to charity and have it count toward your Required Minimum Distribution. Traditional IRA funds are not subject to income tax when given directly to a charity. However, IRA Charitable Rollover gifts may NOT be given to a donor-advised fund. You may give to other types of funds at The Community Foundation or to our unrestricted funds. Check with us about how to direct a rollover gift to a fund at The Community Foundation, then consult your retirement fund manager to complete the gift.

Legacy gifts

Planned gifts allow you to make provisions for future philanthropy, often while providing tax advantages now or in the future. We strongly encourage you to meet with your professional advisor(s) prior to executing a planned gift. Planned gift options at The Community Foundation include:

  • Bequest in a will or living trust

  • Beneficiary designation on a retirement account: IRA, 401K, 403B

  • Beneficiary designation on a brokerage or other financial account

  • Gift of life insurance: either a current gift or a future beneficiary designation

  • Charitable remainder trust charitable beneficiary designation

Private foundation assets

Your existing private foundation may be converted into a fund within The Community Foundation. You can retain the name and purpose of the private foundation while alleviating the administrative and compliance burdens.

funds that fundraise

Fundraising for your fund is permitted, but subject to 90-day prior approval by The Community Foundation. Please contact your philanthropic advisor to discuss your plan for fundraising and refer to the complete Funds That Fundraise Policy