Why Sunshine Coast Foundation?

Ten reasons people choose community foundations

  1. We are a local organization with deep roots in the community, and part of a nationwide movement whose support we build and share.
  2. We bring donors to the table as community builders, working closely with them to align their philanthropic vision with the community’s needs.
  3. We identify long-term needs and opportunities and invest in solutions that let our communities guide their own future.
  4. We take a broad and inclusive view of what a community is, and provide grants to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives.
  5. We provide highly personal and flexible service, accepting a wide variety of assets and offering donors maximum tax advantage.
  6. We build both permanent funds and those that can respond to immediate needs, helping our communities ensure vital futures.
  7. We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts.
  8. We believe that diversity is strength, so we bring the entire community together to stimulate new ideas, build participation, and strengthen community philanthropy.
  9. We are transparent and reputable stewards of community resources, committed to being accountable, accessible, and responsive.
  10. We build community vitality – the unique and essential spirit that flourishes when people believe their community holds possibilities for everyone.

Is giving through a community foundation right for your clients?

  1. Do they care deeply about their community?
  2. Do they give to more than one charitable cause?
  3. Are they interested in creating a personal or family legacy?
  4. Do they want to make difference but aren’t sure where or how to start?
  5. Are they considering the creation of a private foundation, but are concerned about cost and administrative complexity?
  6. Would they like to stay involved in the use of their gift?
  7. Are they interested in teaching their children about giving?
  8. Do they want to receive maximum tax benefit?
  9. Do they place a priority on sound financial management of their contributions?
  10. Do they need a charitable giving plan that reflects life changes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your clients would benefit from knowing more about the Sunshine Coast Foundation.

Professional Advisors Who Know the Value of Working with Community Foundations

Throughout his years as a lawyer specializing in estate planning, Mark Horne has had the opportunity to introduce many people to their community foundation as a vehicle for philanthropy.

“I can recommend our community foundation to many of my clients because it is more global in scope than a single-purpose charity,” says Mark.

“As well, while established to benefit the entire community, it is also uniquely equipped to meet the particular wishes of individual donors.”

As a financial consultant with decades of experience, Jill McAlpine understands the multiple benefits of charitable giving, so it’s a subject she always addresses with clients.

“I want my clients to have the inside track on the most pressing issues and the organizations doing good work in their community,” says McAlpine.

“I can’t be an expert on all the charities my clients might be interested in – but my community foundation has those connections in the community,” she says. “It’s a local resource that allows people to be charitable in a very personal and meaningful way.”

Stories: Schell Family Endowment

Storytelling has been a tradition for generations of the Schell Family. Anne and Bill Schell shared their love of literature through weekly library visits, reading aloud and bedtime stories, and giving the gift of books on special occasions to their children and grandchildren. They believed that reading was a way to open the doors to learning, adventure, and entertainment. The Schell Family Endowment will support the legacy of literacy that the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts is passionately pledged to.