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How to Donate

How to Donate

Thank you for your interest in making a donation to the DeKalb County Community Foundation. We are committed to working with donors like you to fulfill your philanthropic dreams and wishes. When you choose to donate to the Community Foundation, you create opportunities that touch lives in every corner of DeKalb County. Together we can build stronger communities.

Ways to Donate Now

Cash Donations

Definitely the most popular way to make contributions, both large and small. Donations can be made online, in person, or by mail. Please make checks out to DeKalb County Community Foundation and include any gift direction in the memo section, through a gift envelope, or a cover letter. Gifts can be mailed or dropped off to DeKalb County Community Foundation – 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178.

Directing an online donation to a specific fund.

Credit/Debit Cards

You can use any major credit card or debit card to make a donation to an existing fund through our secure online system(PayPal). When directing an online donation to a specific fund, be sure to click on the blue plus sign just below the dollar amount (see image) and specify fund in area below. Please note that credit card transactions carry a fee. This fee will be deducted from the gift amount and the net proceeds will be added to the fund. Your tax deduction will still be the gross amount of the gift. To avoid this fee, consider mailing cash or a check.

Appreciated Securities

With donations of stocks or bonds that have been held for some time, donors can avoid significant capital gains, and the net contribution is larger than the actual cost. A real "win-win" for donor and Community Foundation alike.

Real Estate

The gift of real estate or other tangible assets is a great way to make a sizable donation. This form of a donation is tax deductible, and after the Foundation sells the property, enables the donor to direct the donation to a new or specific fund.


Ways to Donate Later

Life Insurance

Make a large donation in the future, by naming the Community Foundation as owner or beneficiary of a life insurance policy. All premium payments are tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

IRA Charitable Rollover

Turn your individual retirement account (IRA) into a tax-saving charitable donation and take advantage of extended tax benefits. An option for individuals age 70½ and older who want to make a gift of a lifetime during their lifetime. Learn more about the IRA charitable rollover and how the DeKalb County Community Foundation can help.

Estate Planning

Make a donation to the Community Foundation in your will. A great way to support the community and leave a charitable legacy for a lifetime. If considering making a bequest gift, talk with your financial planner, trust officer or attorney.




DeKalb County Community Foundation, Inc. - FEIN #: 36-3788167

All contributions, once accepted by the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors, represent an irrevocable contribution to the DeKalb County Community Foundation and are not refundable.

For questions or more information on ways to make a donation, please contact Dan Templin, Executive Director at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org.


Learn more about the DeKalb County Community Foundation through our "Together With You" video below.