6 Ways to Add to Your Fund

You may add to your fund at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation at any time. There are a variety of ways to make gifts to a fund you’ve established or to another GCF fund.

Contribution by Check

You may contribute by check. Checks must be made payable to "Greater Cincinnati Foundation" with the name of the specific fund on the memo line. Unfortunately, checks made out only to the name of the fund will not be accepted. Send checks to Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 720 E. Pete Rose Way, Suite 120, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

Credit Card Gift

You may make a donation via credit card to selected funds at Greater Cincinnati Foundation using our online giving page.

Gifts of Stock & Mutual Funds

You may contribute gifts of stock or mutual fund shares to your GCF fund. Appreciated stock is often the most advantageous gift. By contributing stock to your fund, you avoid capital gains tax and receive the gift's full market value for tax purposes.  Stock transfers normally take only a few days to process. It is the policy of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation to sell all gifts of stock and add the net proceeds to the donor-designated fund. 

Gifts of mutual fund shares provide the same tax benefits as stock gifts. If you plan to give mutual fund shares, please be aware that the transfer may take several weeks to complete. Call GCF's Giving Strategies Group at 513-241-2880 for easy transfer instructions.

If you hold physical certificates, they need to be personally delivered to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. If the stock was issued in the name of the donor, the donor needs to sign a stock power for each certificate delivered. (It should be signed exactly as the stock is issued.) If the stock will be mailed, the certificate(s) should be mailed in an envelope separate from the stock powers. Please do not sign the back of a physical certificate. Stock may be issued in the name of Greater Cincinnati Foundation and delivered to Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 720 E. Pete Rose Way, Suite 120, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

If the stock is held at a brokerage firm,  Greater Cincinnati Foundation maintains an account at Charles Schwab for the purpose of facilitating stock gifts.

Delivery instructions for Stock Donations
Charles Schwab
DTC #0164
Account Number: 3852-3821
Account Name: GCF DONATION

For all stock gifts, please notify Melissa Krabbe, Controller, at 513-768-6143 or by email at melissa.krabbe@gcfdn.org that you initiated the stock gift. This notice will ensure the gift reaches the appropriate fund at GCF. The date that the control of the stock is transferred is key to determining the tax deduction for the gift.

Wire Transfer in US Dollars

You may make a donation through cash wire or ACH to GCF’s account.

ABA # 043000096
PNC Bank – Charitable & Endowments Cr Acct #1014093644
Attention: Angelina M. Lowers (412) 807-3309
For Further Reference: the donor’s name

Please contact Melissa Krabbe, Controller, at 513-768-6143 or by email at melissa.krabbe@gcfdn.org, before starting a wire transfer.

Making A Gift In Your Will

Future gifts (also known as deferred or planned giving) can take many forms and range from simple to complex. Whether your gift comes from your will, retirement plan assets, life insurance, or other source, you can use a future gift to add to your fund and continue your charitable legacy after your lifetime.

Gifting Other Assets

A variety of other financial assets may be used to start or add to a fund such as charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, or beneficiary designation. GCF’s experienced staff can review details of these options, work with your professional advisor, and help you determine the most appropriate solution for you.

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Suite 120
Cincinnati, OH 45202


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