Our donors are dedicated to changing the landscape of our region for the better

Board member Dianne Birch greets donors at the What Matters Community Luncheon.

The Foundation offers many easy ways for you to give, get involved, and make a difference in our community.  Our donors are a diverse group of passionate individuals who make up the Foundation family, and are dedicated to changing the landscape of our region for the better.  Each of our donors has a unique story, vision or goal, but they all have one thing in common.  They believe in the power of community giving, and we do too.  Won’t you join us? 

Open a Fund

We make it easy to establish a charitable fund that meets your personal needs.  All you need is a simple fund agreement and your gift to open the fund.  Most funds may be opened with a minimum gift of $10,000; to open a new scholarship, the minimum is $25,000. Your fund may be created with a current gift, or through a planned gift. Our professional staff is ready to meet with you to talk about your goals, and create a plan that matches your charitable interests and financial situation.

Types of Funds

Whatever your philanthropic goals, we have the flexibility and tools to help you reach them.  

For Donors Who would like to Support Organizations

  • Donor-Advised Fund – a tax-advantaged, convenient way to organize your personal philanthropy or a corporate giving program.  You can support your favorite charities at your convenience.
  • Field-of-Interest Fund – a permanent endowment for an issue you care about: education, the environment, arts. The Foundation will carry out the purpose you choose, today and for generations to come.
  • Designated Fund – created by the donor to support one or more specific organizations today or for perpetuity.

For Donors Who would like to Support Individuals

  • Scholarship and Award Funds – Donors often want to support individual growth through educational opportunities or by recognition of success in a particular discipline. The Foundation is home to more than 50 of these funds, which in 2013 provided over $730,000 in awards to 155 North Carolina students.

For Those Interested in Building the Community

  • Giving Circles – Pool your money with friends, like minded individuals or colleagues, to open a fund and learn about community needs and decide as a group where to give grants.  Several giving circles and committee-advised funds are operating currently at the Foundation. 

For Nonprofit Organizations

  • Agency Funds – Nonprofit organizations can establish funds at the Foundation with their operating reserves or endowments to access professional investment management and planned giving expertise.

How to Make a Gift

Often the greatest opportunities for giving occur when you are making other major business, personal and financial decisions – writing or revising a will, considering a sale of real estate or other major asset, planning for retirement, or receiving an inheritance.  We can help you maximize these financial opportunities for yourself, your heirs, and the charitable causes you care about most. 

Check: Make checks payable to Triangle Community Foundation and note the name of the fund you are donating to in the memo line. Mail your check to:

Triangle Community Foundation
324 Blackwell Street, Suite 1220
Durham, NC 27701

Stock or Wire Transfer: Please notify us that the stock or wire transfer has been requested and provide the name of the donor, the name of the security, and the number of shares transferred. If you have any questions, please contact our Development staff at 919.474.4000.  Direct your stock transfers to:

DTC #0164
For credit to: 6112-2829
Triangle Community Foundation Account

Credit Card: You can donate gifts totaling more than $10 using our online donation feature to support certain funds at the Foundation.  Please note that a nominal fee will be deducted to offset the transaction fees, but your entire donation is tax-deductible.

We can also accept gifts from an IRA rollover, closely held stock, partnership interests, real estate and certain items of tangible property.  Contact our Development staff to learn more at 919.474.4000. 

Become a Donor

You do not have to open a fund to donate to the Foundation. There are other ways to give back to the community by partnering with us, and fundholders are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities as well.

  • Support Our Work – We are dedicated to enhancing the lives of everyone in the Triangle, and one of the ways we are able to do that is by focusing direct funding, research, and convenings in four areas: the arts, community development, the environment and youth literacy. We strongly believe that by making an impact in these four areas, we can change the face of the future. But we can’t do it alone.

  • Consider supporting our Giving Together: Youth Literacy initiative, and co-invest with the Foundation and fellow fundholders to make an impact for our past youth literacy partners, or consider supporting one of our five Innovation Award finalists to ensure their project gets off the ground.
  • Plan for Tomorrow – Consider the impact you could make beyond your lifetime.  Many of the donors in our Hitchings Legacy Society plan to leave all or a portion of their estates to Triangle Community Foundation. Our staff has the resources to help you with your family and legacy planning, so that your giving stretches far beyond your lifetime.

  • Donate now – Make a one-time donation to the fund of your choice, join a Giving Circle, Send a Kid to Camp or join Triangle Business Investors for Good and give back to our community.


Ken Baroff

Director of Donor Development
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4001
Email ken@trianglecf.org