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Community Project Funds

Community Project Funds are nonendowed funds held at the Battle Creek Community Foundation for various projects, groups and organizations within the Battle Creek area.  They provide an important opportunity for BCCF to offer service and leadership to the community.  These funds present large variations in size, activity level, fee structure, and longevity.  The organization must be comprised of three or more individuals and the Battle Creek Community Foundation becomes the fiscal agent for the organization.  Donations to this type of fund are eligible for a federal tax deduction. 

By establishing a community project fund at BCCF you are effectively:

• Demonstrating to existing or potential donors your organization’s security, stability, and financial processes are in order to attract more gifts
• Benefiting from the professional assistance available at BCCF
• Demonstrating to the wider community a commitment to fulfill your organization’s mission
• Eligible to apply for grants available to 501(c)3 organizations, including grants offered through BCCF

Below are supporting documents to help Community Project Funds navigate services available through their fund:

Community Project Fund Handbook

Table of Contents

• Expenditure Request Form
Expenditure / Reimbursement Deadlines
About Events & Fundriasing
Event Notification
• Gift Receipting
Acknowledgement of Gifts
• Publicity
• Sample Flyer
• Grantseeker Orientation Schedule/Enrollment
Community Project Funds Contact Information
• Donation Tool Comparison
Text to Give
Sample Donation Card
Donation Card Request Form

Appendix Listing

Sample Community Project Fund Agreement
BCCF By-laws
Investment & Spending Policy Statement
BCCF Gift Acceptance Policies (revised September 2016)
IRA Charitable Rollover
Charitable Gift Annuities Brochure
Charitable Gift Annuities Brochure – Sample customized to organization
BCCF Staff Biographies
Fund Type Descriptions

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