Private Foundation Alternatives

The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation works to better the lives of domesticated and undomesticated animals

The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation was established in 1998 through a gift from John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold. The Foundation is committed to bettering the lives of domesticated and undomesticated animals, including supporting the efforts of animal rescue and land conservation organizations and advances in veterinary medicine.

The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation became a supporting organization of the Community Foundation in 2012. 

If you have sufficient assets to invest in your charitable goals, you can choose among three key options: creating a private foundation, establishing a supporting organization or opening a donor-advised fund. A private foundation offers you the most control, but at the greatest expense and with the least tax benefits.

A supporting organization requires a relationship with a community foundation. Supporting organizations benefit from public charity status and maintain the independence of a separate board of directors with grant-making responsibilities, but with less expense and avoiding the burden of meeting a public support test because they operate under the “umbrella” of the Community Foundation. Directors enjoy a high amount of involvement in their philanthropy while benefiting from the Community Foundation’s expertise in grant, investment and administrative support.

A Donor-advised fund is the most economical options. Donor-advised Funds allow you to play an active role in grant‐making without incurring the paperwork, taxes and administrative expense of maintaining a private foundation. Click below to compare all three options side-by-side:

Learn more about Donor Advised funds

Charitable Giving Options: A Comparison (pdf)

Community Foundation Funds and Private Foundation Facts (pdf)

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.