The Nebraska Community Foundation works with community, organizational and donor-advised affiliated funds serving 250 communities located in 80 counties. NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested $269 million in Nebraska since 1994.
NCF’s legal counsel cautions us about the risks involved when affiliated funds misrepresent themselves as independent legal entities. These risks are real and involve potential legal challenges to charitable bequests, contract fulfillment, grant disbursements and more.
Our legal advisors note that the most common misrepresentation – one that occurs frequently throughout the NCF system – is the use of the single word “foundation” as the marketing name for an affiliated fund. In the truest legal sense, an affiliated fund is not a foundation. We are advised that affiliated funds can remedy this by being sure to include the word “fund” to their marketing name.
Another common inaccuracy occurs when an affiliated fund refers to itself as a 501(c)(3) organization. Affiliated funds should be very clear that NCF is the 501(c)(3) organization, which enables its affiliated funds to receive tax-deductible contributions.
Ron and Judy Parks are longtime supporters of the Nebraska Community Foundation. Ron served as NCF Board member and Chair from 1997-2006 and continues to provide guidance through his involvement as an Honorary Board member. Judy began her first term on the Board in November 2010 and continues to serve.
Ron used a Charitable IRA Rollover to make a major contribution to NCF’s endowment. The Charitable IRA Rollover law, which has been extended permanently, allows those age 70½ and older to transfer funds from an IRA to a charity tax free.Read more →