Donate to a Fund - Give Current & Future Donors - Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

For over 30 years, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has channeled generosity to where it is needed, bringing together resources and passion to tackle the region's most pressing issues and create lasting change.

We use a collaborative approach to philanthropy, working closely with donors to establish flexible donor advised funds, make grants and award scholarships, strengthen organizations, convene leaders and connect neighbors. Everyone has something to contribute. Together, we can make life here even better. 

Give to an Existing Fund at BTCF

Consider giving a gift to one or more of the funds established by individuals, families or organizations that are helping our communities thrive. If you need help deciding which fund to choose, you can rely on our expertise to help you identify one that matches your interests.

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Jiminy Peaks owners Brian Fairbank (right) and his son Tyler make gifts through a donor advised Brian established to support causes in their beloved Berkshire County. Photo by John Dolan. 


 

Give Now

Gifts to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation come in all forms. You can use any of the following assets to establish a charitable fund or give to an existing fund at Berkshire Taconic.

CASH

A cash gift is the most popular type of charitable gift because of its simplicity. A gift of $25,000 or more establishes an endowed fund of your choice that begins generating income for grants or scholarships and continues in perpetuity. A gift of $10,000 establishes a donor advised fund.

Benefits to You

  • Give as much or as little as you want
  • Combine multiple gifts to establish a fund

How to Give Cash

  • Fill out our Cash Wiring Instructions form. 
  • Notify BTCF of your intention to transfer cash by calling 413.229.0370 or emailing finance@berkshiretaconic.org
  • Please do not mail cash. Cash can be hand delivered to our office in Sheffield, MA. We are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

Download cash wiring form

How to Give a Check

Make checks payable to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation with the fund name in the memo line/or make the check co-payable to Berkshire Taconic/fund name.

Mailing address:
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
800 North Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257

STOCKS, BONDS AND MUTUAL FUNDS

Long-term appreciated holdings, such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds may provide greater tax benefits than a cash gift of equivalent value, especially if they have a low-cost basis. You receive a charitable deduction for the full market value of your holdings – even if you bought it for far less. You also avoid capital gains tax – money you’d pay if you liquidated the holding. A gift of closely held stock is also a giving option.

Benefits to You

  • Charitable deduction for fair market value, not original investment
  • No capital gains tax
  • Combine multiple gifts
  • Recognizable tax savings
  • Reduces size of your estate

How to Give Stock

  • BTCF processes numerous stock gifts. In order to properly allocate your gift to the correct fund, please notify us of your intention to transfer stock in advance by calling 413.229.0370 or emailing finance@berkshiretaconic.org.
  • Fill out our Stock Transfer Form, which includes specific bank transfer instructions. 

Download stock transfer form

REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY

A home. A farm. A business property. Undeveloped land. Real estate assets make wonderful charitable gifts and Berkshire Taconic can help ensure your generosity does the most good. We accept the gift outright or show you how a charitable trust can be used to convert your asset into a gift that also produces income. You can also give tangible personal property (e.g. art, antiques, rare books, jewelry, gems and collections).

Benefits to You

  • Charitable deduction for personal property based on original investment
  • No capital gains tax
  • Recognizable tax savings
  • Reduces your taxable estate
  • Relieves you and your heirs of the burden of selling property

CONVERT A PRIVATE FOUNDATION

Many families establish private foundations to create a charitable legacy without realizing the complexities and expense of administration. A number of private foundations have chosen to convert to a fund at Berkshire Taconic so that the advisors can focus solely on the work they love – grantmaking. Compare a private foundation to a fund at BTCF.

Benefits to You

  • Lower administrative costs
  • Greater tax benefits
  • No payout requirement
  • Greater privacy

 

Give Later

Including Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in your estate plan is an easy way for you to make a significant impact on your community and create a legacy that lasts forever. You can use a variety of assets to make a planned gift and accomplish your charitable goals.

Build your legacy

Fairbanks

Jiminy Peak owners Brian Fairbank (right) and his son Tyler make gifts through a donor advised Brian established to support causes in their beloved Berkshire County. Photo by John Dolan.