Here are several reasons donors, nonprofits and grantees have made the Foundation their first choice:
By developing a close working relationship with each donor, we are able to make the giving process easy and flexible. At the same time, you have access to all our resources as well as our knowledge of the community and its challenges. This team philosophy creates a powerful synergy, which maximizes the impact of every dollar. Should you have questions or other needs, we are always just a phone call or email away.
Because of the active community involvement of the Board and staff, we have an in-depth understanding of the changing needs and challenges of our area. By continually making site visits, partnering with nonprofits and monitoring the pulse of the community, we are able to make timely recommendations for giving, now and in the future.
Governed by leaders with strong ties to the community, we go above and beyond the business of grant making. The Foundation also serves as a catalyst to bring diverse groups together to collaborate, form partnerships, address issues, foster giving and generate involvement.
Our Tools for Giving describes specific mechanisms that are available for your charitable giving and estate planning.
Foothills Community Foundation is pleased to offer access to GiftLaw for professional advisors. GiftLaw is a valuable gift planning tool for attorneys, accountants, insurance professionals, investment advisors, and other professionals interested in charitable giving.
The site contains weekly updates on private letter rulings, tax cases, and legislation, and monthly articles on charitable planning topics. You may also receive this information weekly by e-mail. To subscribe to the free e-mail newsletter, please e-mail The Foundation to be added to the distribution list.
“Investing in Community”
Following separate paths to success, Louise and Ernie Trammell have chosen to do business in their hometown. They believe in giving back to the community that has been good to them. The Trammell Donor Advised Fund at the Foundation provided a means for them to support the causes that have meant so much to them. They agree that solving problems for their clients is the most rewarding aspect of their respective careers. A gift of appreciated stock to the Foundation helped the Trammells develop a philanthropic plan, while avoiding capital gains taxes that would be due as a result of its sale. “It was a simple solution”, according to Louise.
“Sharing Family Values”
Following separate paths to success, Louise and Ernie Trammell have chosen to do business in their hometown. They believe in giving back to the community that has been good to them. The Trammell Donor Advised Fund at the Foundation provided a means for them to support the causes that have meant so much to them. A gift of appreciated stock to the Foundation helped the Trammells develop a philanthropic plan to take advantage of tax deductions and make impactful gifts.
The Orrs funded the Orr Donor Advised Fund at Foothills Community Foundation through a gift of real estate. Lujack explains that “Gifting this lake lot to the Foundation was the perfect vehicle to create a fund to continue to support our community”.
“To Benefit Anderson”
A group of Anderson residents concerned about the way our community looks met and decided to do something about it. Our goal – to get 100 people, who want to see our community look better, to give $1,000 per year to a continuing program of visual improvement. The resulting projects offer historical, artistic and visual benefit to downtown Anderson. The Portman Shoals generator project on McDuffie salvaged an important link to the “Electric City” heritage while creating a delightful corner park. The Carolina Wren project combined a water feature with sculpture at the corner of River and Main Streets.
Caton’s Alley is the TBA’s most recent project. Caton’s Alley provides an appealing walkway linking Benson Street to city parking and the Bleckley Inn. For 2014, the TBA 100 has developed plans for Anderson’s very first dog park.