Types of Funds

When you create a fund through the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, you have the opportunity to benefit the community forever with a permanent endowment. The Community Foundation offers a variety of options to meet your charitable giving goals.

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Designated Funds allow donors to direct their gift to a specific charity or charities, to forever benefit that organization.


Organization Funds allow non-profit organizations to create permanent endowment funds for their own benefit at the Community Foundation.

Donor-Advised Funds allow donors to remain actively involved in their charitable giving. From time to time, the donor or an advisor of their choice may recommend grants to charitable causes they care about.


Scholarship Funds allow a donor to help students pursue their education by paying for part or all of their education. The donor can be involved in establishing the selection criteria and guidelines.

Field of Interest Funds can be established for a particular interest area, such as the arts, environmental causes or education. The Community Foundation then selects the specific nonprofit organizations that best serve the fund's charitable intent.


Unrestricted Funds address evolving needs of the community as they change over time. The Community Foundation makes grants to support a variety of causes in the name of the fund that is established. 

Setting up a Fund

The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln believes that the process to establish to a fund should be very straightforward for the donor. In fact, it's one of the biggest advantages of making a donation to the Foundation. When you're ready to begin, simply contact us (217-789-4431 or email us at info@cfll.org) and we'll walk you through the following steps:

Choose When to Give

You can create a fund during your lifetime, in your estate plan or through a trust arrangement that benefits your family and favorite charities. Tax deductions are earned at the time of the gift, while grant making continues into the future.

Choose What to Give

You can start your fund with almost any kind of asset: cash, publicly traded securities, closely held stock, interests in limited partnerships, real estate or tangible property. Gifts of long-term appreciated property earn tax deductions for their full present market value.

Choose a Name

Every grant from your fund carries its name. Many people choose to name their fund for the donor, for the donor's family, or as a memorial to someone special. Of course, you can also remain anonymous.