Options for Giving to the Pinellas Community Foundation

No matter the cause or issue you care most deeply about, the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) offers several ways to create a lasting legacy for you and your family. It may be an endowment you wish to name in your will or donor-advised fund from which you actively direct. You choose the fund that best fulfills your aspirations to make a difference.

Unrestricted Funds
Restricted Funds
Field of Interest Funds
Donor Advised Funds
Scholarships Funds
Combined Funds
Agency Funds

Safeguards for Your Fund

As time passes and community needs evolve, your favorite charity may change its mission, or unfortunately, close its doors. Should this occur, Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) assures your funds continue to support your wishes by redirecting your donation to the most appropriate local nonprofit. In this way, your intended donation continues to give as you envisioned.

Unrestricted Funds

You may wish to bring good health, purpose and hope to all residents of Pinellas County but don’t know exactly where the need is greatest. Your unrestricted gift to the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) supports the unmet or future charitable needs of the Pinellas community. Pinellas Community Foundation applies unrestricted donations to give where the need is greatest. Over 60 charities benefit by receiving competitive grant funding each year.

Learn how your generous gifts have helped YMCA of the Suncoast, a PCF grant recipient since 2004, support the exercise needs of people with disabilities.

Restricted Funds

Whether it is your alma mater, a museum you love or the hospice that cared for your loved one, you name the specific charity or charities you would like your endowment to benefit.

Field of Interest Funds

You may have a cause you’d like to support but aren’t sure which charities would benefit most from your donations. Through rigorous research, PCF can identify nonprofits that focus on the issues most important to you.

Learn how a field of interest fund supporting arts education provides a new and creative experience for elementary students at Title I and Title II schools in Pinellas County.

Donor Advised Funds

Should you wish to actively direct the distributions of your charitable fund and take a tax credit in the year of your donation, a donor advised fund from Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) is a good choice. You’ll save time and expense on fees when PCF serves as your fiduciary.

By donating to PCF versus directly to your charity of choice, you’ll enjoy the full value of your funds—including appreciation. As a result, your selected charity receives more of your donation.

Adhering to the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) guidelines, donor advised funds are governed by a binding agreement between you and PCF.

Scholarship Funds

Providing a lasting gift for deserving students while creating a legacy in perpetuity is a meaningful way to give back to the community. And while you may choose to select scholarship recipients, many Pinellas Community Foundation scholarships established by generous donors are awarded directly by the designated colleges and universities.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship should check with a school counselor or the financial aid office for information and applications.

College Fund of Pinellas
Designated for students receiving aid under the Federal Pell Grant Program

Robert and Martha Eifert Memorial Loan Fund
Awarded by University of Florida College of Medicine

Warren J. Bowman Memorial Scholarships
Designated for graduates of Pinellas County high schools attending the St. Petersburg College of Nursing, Stetson University College of Law or USF Morsani College of Medicine

Joy Ann Harris Scholarships
Awarded by St. Petersburg College

Logan Kushner Memorial Scholarship
Awarded by Stetson University

Costas G. Lemonopoulos Scholarships
Designated for children of letter carriers attending public colleges and universities in Florida

H. Robert Merrill Scholarship
Awarded by The University of Vermont

David G. Perkins, Jr. Tribute Scholarship
Awarded by St. Petersburg College

Ralph Richards Memorial Scholarship
Awarded by St. Petersburg College

Dennison Rusinow Memorial Scholarships
Designated for graduates of St. Petersburg High School whose families are from the countries encompassed by the former country of Yugoslavia

F. Kiernan Schoonmaker Memorial Scholarship
First Generation Matching Grant program (FGMG) at St. Petersburg College

Aneta I. Thomas Scholarship
Awarded by Trine University

Combined Endowment Funds

A combined endowment fund gives you the opportunity to invest in the future needs of your favorite charities. The structure of a combined endowment allows you to pool your donation with others giving to the same charity. The larger asset size allows the fund to maximize investment and performance, while the reduction in fund management fees provides your favorite charities a greater return on your generous investment.

You recommend an area or specific organization you’d like your gift to support, or you may choose to rely on the community foundation’s experienced program staff to determine and address the areas of greatest need in our community.

Your gift—and all future earnings from your gift—is a permanent source of community capital, doing infinite good work.

Agency Endowment Funds

Many charitable organizations seek the means to protect and enhance the financial gifts that will enable their worthwhile efforts for years to come. Agency Endowment Funds are particularly useful to charitable agencies whose contributions fluctuate with changing economic conditions. These funds offer a predictable revenue stream for essential cornerstone agencies to fulfill their charitable mission into perpetuity.

Typically, net income is distributed to beneficiaries annually; however, an agency may choose to have the interest reinvested over a period of years to increase the size of the fund when planning for future capital expenditures.

Agency Endowment Funds

All Children’s Hospital Foundation
ALPHA House of Pinellas County
Animal Services League
The Arc Tampa Bay / DAL
The Arc Tampa Bay / GAP
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – Pinellas program
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Boy Scouts of America Greater Tampa Bay Area Council
Clearwater Audubon Society
Clearwater Free Clinic
College Fund of Pinellas
Disability Achievement Center
Faith in Action of Upper Pinellas
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Hospice of the Florida Suncoast
Lighthouse of Pinellas
Willie Lee McAdams Endowment for Happy Workers Children’s Center
Pinellas Animal Foundation
Pinellas Genealogy Society
SPCA of Pinellas County
SPCA of Tampa Bay
St. Petersburg Museum of History
F. Kiernan Schoonmaker Outstanding Educator of the Year Award
F. Kiernan Schoonmaker Memorial Award Fund
Sister Margaret Freeman Foundation
Florence Stanberry Endowment for Happy Workers Children’s Center
Tampa Bay Research Institute, Inc.
YWCA of Tampa Bay Foundation

Pinellas Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the state of Florida. A copy of the official registration and financial information for Pinellas Community Foundation (CH3646) may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or visiting www.FDACS.gov. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. Your gift may be tax-deductible; please consult your tax professional to explore your benefits.