Your Passion

Community Foundation Tampa Bay is your partner and advisor as you create and manage your charitable investments. Even if you make a complex gift such as securities, real estate or other assets, we can help. We take care of the administrative details so that you can focus on your joy of giving. 

Working With Us

Donor Advised Funds:

The donor advised fund offers a convenient, versatile way to make charitable contributions when and how you choose. Think of it as a charitable checking account: You make an initial donation and claim the maximum tax benefits allowable by law. Then you decide which nonprofit organizations you want to support with grants. Add to the fund anytime you want with cash, stock or other assets.

Personal, Family or Corporate Foundations:

A personal, family or corporate foundation held at Community Foundation Tampa Bay looks like a private foundation. But there are fewer costs, time commitments and administrative hassles. You can focus on the joys of giving while we take care of all the details. A foundation within Community Foundation Tampa Bay receives more favorable tax treatment than a private foundation. Plus, you can brand and promote your foundation as you choose.

Legacy Gifts:

Estate gifts create a legacy for generations. We work with you and your professional advisor to choose the planned giving option that best meets your charitable goals. Your estate gifts can create or enhance an existing fund or support the overall work of the Community Foundation in our region. You can create a charitable legacy with:
  • A bequest in your will or trust
  • A donation from your retirement plan
  • A life insurance policy
  • A charitable trust or gift annuity

Customized Giving Options:

We can help you customize your charitable gift in a number of ways, including both endowed and non-endowed gifts. An endowed gift usually is invested for the long-term. It generates income each year as the principle continues to grow. Endowments can be permanent or for a specific amount of time. A non-endowed gift can be invested and distributed for any period of time.

The gifts can go for:

  • The community good. Each year, the Community Foundation applies the funding to the Tampa Bay region’s most pressing challenges
  • A specific nonprofit or up to four named nonprofits
  • Projects or nonprofits that address a specific issue or cause that you care about, such as education, the environment or the arts
  • Scholarships for students at a specified school, with a designated major or career or from a geographic area


We offer endowments—long-term funds invested to generate growth and income—to provide stability and a consistent source of income to support your mission. Endowments held at the Community Foundation Tampa Bay range from the minimum of $25,000 to more than $5 million. We manage, administer and invest the endowed funds, and you may receive a specified amount distributed to you annually to support your operations.

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Critical Needs

While nonprofits provide services to those most in need within our community, many are often under-resourced and a single, unexpected event can dramatically impact their ability to provide crucial services. To address these unexpected needs, Community Foundation Tampa Bay has created the Critical Needs List for nonprofits to share those urgent, unexpected needs with community philanthropists. A critical need is defined as unbudgeted, unforeseen, and time-sensitive, and one that significantly interferes with a nonprofit’s ability to provide crucial services or presents an imminent threat to the organization’s continued operations. Please view our list submitted by local nonprofits below.

Policies & Fees

We aim to make our policies and fees clear and transparent for our donors and the nonprofits and professional advisors who work with us. Please find our list of downloadable fee and policy statements below. If you’re looking for something you don’t see, let us know.

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