Donating to the Community Foundation

Thank you for your interest in donating to the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Whether you want to give to an established Fund or create one of your own, the Community Foundation offers various giving options to help donors maximize their impact.

For questions or additional information on donating to the Community Foundation, please contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent law provides. 

Giving Options

Within each option, you’ll find opportunities to give using a range of assets, from cash or an online gift to life insurance and stock. Whatever option you choose, we are committed to working with donors like you to fulfill your charitable goals. When you decide to give to the Community Foundation, you create opportunities that touch lives in every corner of DeKalb County. For good. For all. For ever.


Give through our secure online platform in a few easy steps using a credit/debit card or direct debit from your bank account. Donors can give to more than one Fund using the shopping cart feature.

    • Choose the Donate Online! button
    • Search for and select a Fund
    • NEW - Follow the guided steps to make a one-time or recurring (monthly, quarterly, annual) donation
    • Continue by giving to another Fund OR proceed to checkout

Please note that credit card transactions carry a processing fee. This fee is deducted from the gift amount, and the net proceeds are added to the Fund. Your tax deduction is the gross amount of the gift. If you wish to cover the fee, check the "Add 3% to your donation to cover our processing fees" at the end of the form.

Cash or Check

Giving by cash or check is an easy way to make large and small contributions. Donations can be made 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.

Appreciated Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds

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.

Give the Gift of Appreciated Securities >

IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs)

Turn your individual retirement account (IRA) into a tax-saving charitable donation and take advantage of extended tax benefits. An option for individuals age 70 ½ and older who want to make a gift of a lifetime during their lifetime.

Learn more about IRA Charitable Rollovers >


By giving a gift of cryptocurrency, donors can make sizable donations that are tax-deductible. The Community Foundation accepts a variety of cryptocurrencies through BitPay. Currency includes Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Dogecoin (DOGE), and more.

Learn more about donating cryptocurrency >

Gift of Grain

There are many ways your gift of grain can make a positive impact. You provide opportunity and support to many areas by aligning generosity with your charitable interests. Donating a gift of grain is a simple way to make a lasting difference.

Learn more about giving a Gift of Grain >

Real Estate

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

Ways to Donate Later - Giving Options

Planned Giving

You can make a planned gift and leave a legacy of love and support through the Community Foundation in many ways. We work with you and your professional advisor to learn about your charitable goals and offer suggestions for achieving them.

Learn more about planned giving options >

Dinontas Society

The Dinontas Society is a special community of donors to the Community Foundation who completed financial contributions as a provision of their will, charitable trust, estate, and/or memorial gift designation. Dinontas (Δίνοντας) is Greek for ‘Giving.’

We created a special place to honor these donors who have left a legacy of love and support and to tell their stories.

Learn more about the Dinontas Society >

DeKalb County Community Foundation, Inc. - Federal Tax Identification Number: 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.

Confidentiality Policy >

Gift Acceptance Policy >

Whistleblower Policy & Procedures >

Why Make a Gift to the Community Foundation?

Learn even more about the DeKalb County Community Foundation through these short videos below. Together with our donors and community, we are positively impacting DeKalb County.