For many donors, opening a Fund through the Community Foundation makes more sense than establishing a private foundation.
Community foundations are different from private foundations. They have a broad mandate to serve their communities, and can’t limit their focus to a few areas. Community foundations are made up of many individual charitable funds, some that are for unrestricted purposes, and others that are for particular fields of interest, some broad, others narrow. Some funds are set up by will or through deferred giving arrangements, some by living donors who recommend grants.