Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are a professional advisor, a Community Foundation Fundholder or a nonprofit organization, we’re here to answer your questions about philanthropy through the Community Foundation.

Below you will find answers to our frequently asked questions.

FAQ for Fundholders

Q. How do I give through the Community Foundation of Broward?
Q. Why should I create a charitable fund at the Community Foundation of Broward instead of establishing a private foundation?
Q. How is giving through the Community Foundation different than giving through a commercial donor-advised fund?
Q. What are the tax benefits of giving through the Community Foundation?
Q. Why should I give through the Community Foundation if I already give to other charitable organizations?
Q. What is my professional advisor’s role once I establish a charitable fund at the Community Foundation?
Q. What types of assets can I use to establish a charitable fund at the Community Foundation?
Q. How will I know that my giving through the Community Foundation makes Broward a better place to live?
Q. Who manages, invests and oversees assets given to the Community Foundation?
Q. What if I want to establish a charitable fund at the Community Foundation, but prefer that my professional advisor manages the assets?
Q. How can I start my philanthropy now in a way that helps maintain my financial security?

FAQ for Advisors

Q. How does my client give through the Community Foundation of Broward?
Q. Why should my client create a charitable fund at the Community Foundation of Broward instead of establishing a private foundation?
Q. How is giving through the Community Foundation different than giving through a commercial donor-advised fund?
Q. What are the tax benefits of giving through the Community Foundation?
Q. Why should my client give through the Community Foundation if they already give to other charitable organizations?
Q. What is the professional advisor’s role once their client establishes a charitable fund at the Community Foundation?
Q. What types of assets can my client use to establish a charitable fund at the Community Foundation?
Q. How will my client know that their giving through the Community Foundation makes Broward a better place to live?
Q. Who manages, invests and oversees assets given to the Community Foundation?
Q. What if a client wants to establish a charitable fund at the Community Foundation, but prefers that their professional advisor manage their assets?
Q. How can a client start their philanthropy now in a way that helps maintain their financial security?

FAQ for Nonprofits

Eligibility and Application:

Q. I am not a 501c(3), but my project has a charitable intent. Can I still apply for funding?
Q. What is a Fiscal Sponsor?
Q. Can individuals apply for a grant?
Q. Is there anything you will not support?
Q. Will a volunteer-based organization be penalized?
Q. If my organization is currently funded through a designated grant or has an agency fund with the Foundation, can we submit in the focus area application process?
Q. My organization does programming in Broward with a headquarters elsewhere. Are we still eligible?
Q. Do you give preference to previously awarded applicants?
Q. My organization receives funding from a lead collaborative partner with Foundation funds currently. Can my organization apply for a separate grant as a lead?
Q. Is there an opportunity to discuss my project/organization before I submit my grant application?
Q. How long does my organization need to be operating in Broward County to apply for a small grant opportunity?

Focus Areas:

Q. I’m not sure which focus area to choose, as my project fits into more than one.
Q. Are youth entrepreneurial projects appropriate for your grantmaking framework?
Q. Does the Foundation still support animal welfare?
Q. Is it required that we collaborate with other entities to implement our project/program?
Q. What kinds of projects receive focus area grants?

Funding:

Q. What is your average grant amount?
Q. Do you have multi-year funding opportunities?
Q. My organization is applying for multi-year funding. Does the funding amount have to be the same each year?

Funding Cycle:

Q. What is a rolling cycle?
Q. How many applicants will receive a grant award per rolling application cycle review date?
Q. How many times can my organization apply per year?
Q. Can my organization apply for more than one focus area throughout the year?
Q. Can I apply for a Small Grant, a Focus Area grant and a Big Think grant within the same year?
Q. When can we expect to hear back after being approved for a grant?
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