One in ten children suffers from child abuse, and since there are 50,000 children living in San Luis Obispo County, there are roughly 5,000 children in SLO County who might be struggling from child abuse and a lack in safety. Programs that promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families are crucial to the security of our community.
The Center for Family Strengthening strives to make positive systemic changes in the lives of families, understanding stronger families will bring up kids who are healthier and more resilient.
Bob and Pat Barlow understood how important early intervention is for children at risk for behavioral and mental health issues and their families, so in 2021 they set out to support a local children’s assessment center. The James Robert (Bob) and Patricia Barlow Fund for Strong Families and Communities – held at The Community Foundation – awarded Martha’s Place Children’s Center with a grant through the Center for Family Strengthening in order to help strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and provide essential resources to support families in need within our community. Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment and Treatment Center allows children in SLO County to reach their full potential, to be loved, to be emotionally well developed and to enter school ready and able to learn. They give the most vulnerable young children a voice and a safe, stable environment in which to thrive.
How do they do it?
Martha’s Place offers expert, multidisciplinary assessment of infants and young children who exhibit extreme behavioral concerns, developmental delays, and known prenatal substance exposure. Case Managers and Family Advocates guide families through the stressful process of accessing appropriate services, linking them to other recommended services, and providing additional information and support and generally navigate the complex mental and behavioral health systems. By working with the family and partnering with family support organizations throughout SLO County, they help families in need access appropriate services for their child, protect children from abuse, and ensure that strong families are a community priority.
The Community Foundation is proud to serve as the connector between the James Robert (Bob) and Patricia Barlow Fund for Strong Families and Communities and Martha’s Place as they strive to make SLO County safe for all children.
In Our Backyard
The Community Foundation is committed to educating members of the Foundation family about issues in our community. These education sessions are part of a broader In Our Backyard series, which is an interactive forum for our donors to engage in a dialogue with local nonprofits about the important work being done in San Luis Obispo County.
In Our Backyard seeks to build a bridge between local nonprofits and Community Foundation donors. Each year, we focus on different issues impacting our community, such as women and girls, early literacy and our local environment. We hope our donor education series provides a platform for nonprofit agencies to present their work so that donors are empowered and informed about the important issues in our community.
For more information about the In Our Backyard series, please contact Cecelia Mazelin, Donor Services Coordinator at 805-543-2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you are an attorney, financial planner, or tax advisor, The Community Foundation can assist you and your client in establishing an enduring community legacy and achieving the full tax benefits for their charitable contributions. We will support you and your clients at every step of the charitable giving process.
We can help you:
- Identify your client’s charitable giving interests and motivations
- Match charitable interests with tax planning needs
- Create and implement charitable plans that are integrated into major business, personal and financial decisions
- Provide information about community needs
- Deliver a full range of administrative services related to charitable giving
To learn more about communities needs and opportunities, please contact Cecelia Mazelin, Donor Services Coordinator 805-543-2323 or email@example.com
The Community Foundation is here to help you accomplish all your charitable giving goals. Our knowledgeable staff can help guide you through the various funding options. Whether you would like to set up a fund now or learn about planned giving for the future, we can help tailor your fund needs.
If you would like to set up a fund, one of our most popular options is a Donor Advised Fund (DAF). We offer two types of Donor Advised Funds, endowed or non-endowed. Please read below to discover what fund fits your philanthropic goals.
An endowment is a permanent fund of which the interest in available for grants to nonprofit organizations while the principal (initial amount used to open the fund) remains intact. The amount available for grant distribution is based on our spending policy. As the principal balance can never be spent, the endowment earning power is protected against inflation, and the principal amount gifted will never deplete. This way, the fund will continue to give for your charitable desired in perpetuity.
Non-Endowed fund have no permanent principal balance and are immediately available for grant distribution. However, the fund balance is finite in existence. Unless additional funding is provided, the balance available will run out over time.
For more information about the specific types of funds, please view our Toolkit page or contact Cecelia Mazelin, Donor Services Coordinator at 805-543-2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another great way to accomplish a charitable legacy and receive significant estate tax benefits is by using charitable trusts. Planned gifts to charity are deductible without limit and reduce the taxable estate. There are two main types of charitable trusts, Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT) and Charitable Lead Trust (CLT), that are outlined below.
The Charitable Remainder Trust
A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) is a common and effective estate planning tool. A donor may use a CRT if they would like their up-front interest to go to a non-charitable beneficiary (such as a spouse or other family member) and the remainder to a charity. The CRT is an irrevocable trust that is tax-exempt and may be useful to defer gain on an asset.
The Charitable Lead Trust
A Charitable Lead Trust (CLT) is also an irrevocable trust but the lead interest goes to a designated charity and the remainder to a non-charitable beneficiary.
There are many different options for charitable estate planning. Please speak with your professional advisor to learn more about the options that would work best for you. For more information about estate planning available through The Community Foundation, please see our Toolkit or contact Cecelia Mazelin, Donor Services Coordinator at 805-543-2323 or email@example.com.
Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) are often explored as viable alternatives to private foundations and are popular options for donors nationwide. DAFs provide donors an immediate tax break, investment growth opportunities of charitable assets and are sustainable through retirement. There are three main benefits of Donor Advised Funds.
- Reasonable start-up costs.
- Excellent opportunity for the donor to research charitable organizations and find a match for their philanthropic interests.
- Ability for moderate income donors to involve family in charitable giving.
For donors with more substantial charitable intentions, a DAF may also be considered as an alternative to a private foundation. These are the main advantages of a DAF over a private foundation:
- Higher Grant Distribution Rates: DAFs often make grants of 15 percent to 30 percent each year. The Council on Foundations website indicates that private foundations grant an average of 6.23 percent of assets to charity on an annual basis.
- Access for Donors: Many individuals can create a DAF with $10,000 or more. Private foundations are much more expensive to fund and operate. The development or creation of a private foundation could involve an expenditure of $10,000 simply to create the organization. In addition, the private foundation has substantial operating costs each year.
- Staff Oversight and Donor Support: About 5 percent of private foundations have professional staff. The Community Foundation highly qualified staff with great expertise in making effective charitable grants. Giving grants with optimum charitable impact requires a level of expertise that is more likely to be found with the public charity staff managing a DAF.
For more information about the different types of charitable funds, please see our Toolkit or contact Cecelia Mazelin, Donor Services Coordinator at 805-543-2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: The Council on Foundations