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Review for The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, Harrisburg, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I had been making modest donations to several non-profit organizations which wastaking a great deal of time and energy. When I heard about the idea of making one more substantial contribution to The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, I decided to give it a try. After setting up a Donor Advised Fund, I began making most of my contributions through the Fund, which saves a lot of time and hassle. All I need to do is type in the name of the organization to which I wish to contribute, and the amount and purpose of the grant. The Foundation takes care of sending out the check and I get the thanks! In addition to simplifying the giving process, this method has also made my tax accounting easier and helped me keep track of the donations I make. After I got used to the process, I set up another fund at the Foundation, to enable my family members to make their own charitable contributions, thereby encouraging my children and grandchildren to become philanthropically minded. Another giving vehicle that has been worthwhile to me is the "gift certificates." I buy several of these in set denominations and give them out as gifts for holidays and special occasions. At my most recent Passover Seder, I gave each person at the table a gift certificate to use as he/she saw fit for an organization of the recipient's choice. In this way, my charitable gifts are gifted twice-- once to the dinner guest and on to the charity that means so much to him or her. It is a definite win-win situation!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the creativity of the organization, which makes it possible for me to share my blessings with those less fortunate in an unusually pleasant way

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

expert, courteous, responsive, prompt, helpful,

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Donor & Set up a donor advised fund, and another fund for family members.