Introduction to Giving

“In the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving”

-Sheldon Kopp


Donations are the cornerstone of the Chosen Valley Community Foundation. Through their contributions donors make tangible improvements in the community and the lives of those who live here.

The Foundation provides a unique opportunity to put money to work in your local community. Just like other non-profit charities, contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. However, unlike other charities, contributions to the Chosen Valley Community Foundation STAY RIGHT HERE in your community for your neighbors.

Options for Giving

The Foundation works with donors to determine the best use of their gifts. Donors can choose among one of our pre-existing funds or in certain circumstances, we can work with donors to direct grants towards needs of their choice.

Where the Money Goes

We are not yet a big enough Foundation to hold money ourselves. Therefore, we have partnered with the Rochester Community Foundation to take advantage of their money management resources. Money is invested conservatively to protect the capital while achieving reasonable rates of return. The Chosen Valley Community Foundation ALWAYS RETAINS CONTROL of our financial assets.