Planning for the future

Giving Wisely

Thoughtful gift planning

Planning your estate and legacy for future generations, including your charitable interests, takes careful evaluation. Discussing your charitable intentions with us can lead to a much better result than going it alone – and will ensure that your gift is used just as you wish. We can provide information regarding any of the giving techniques mentioned below.

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Ways of Giving

There are ways in which you, your loved ones and your charitable fund at the Community Foundation can all benefit at the same time. Such giving techniques are called planned gifts, because with thoughtful planning, you create win-win solutions to meet all your goals. We have outlined some options below but structuring a gift takes careful planning and we encourage you to call us and talk to your professional advisor.

Gifts anyone can make

You can support a charitable fund with gifts that don’t impact the way you live by either designating the Community Foundation to receive estate assets in the future or by making immediate gifts of assets that are “out of sight and out of mind.”

Gifts that pay you income

Some of the best ways to support the Community Foundation are available through life-income gifts. These gifts help you make a substantial gift while increasing your income. These allow you to stretch your giving ability.

Gifts that protect your assets

Increased income may not be your primary objective. Instead, you may be wondering how you will deal with some highly appreciated property or a growing family business. Will taxes consume much of the value?

Estate Planning

Estate planning is the process of thoughtfully providing for the efficient transfer of your assets to your heirs and charitable interests in accordance with your wishes. It is a testament that affirms what kind of a legacy you will leave behind and the impact it will have for future generations.

Will Planning

Sixty percent of Americans die without a valid will. That usually means state laws take over and distribute their probate estates according to generic formulas that have nothing to do with the decedents’ wishes. We can help connect you with a planning professional.

For Professional Advisors

We understand that financial, philanthropic and estate goals are unique for everyone. We are here to assist incorporating your clients’ philanthropic objectives into their plans. We encourage prospective donors to consult with their professional advisors.


Leave a Legacy

Every individual has something to contribute to their community – a personal legacy to share with the people and places they love. The Pikes Peak region is full of examples from General Palmer to Charles Elliott Perkins and Alice Bemis Taylor.

Goals and Benefits

There are many ways to make a gift through the Community Foundation. Take a look at some of the options designed to help you to achieve different goals, and feel free to contact us with questions.

Avoid capital gains tax

  • Take a larger income tax deduction
  • Donate appreciated property instead of cash
  • Buy low and give high
  • Avoid capital gains tax with maximum benefit

Leave more to heirs

  • Name PPCF as a beneficiary of your 401k
  • Leave less taxed assets to your family
  • Eliminate income tax on 401k plan assets
  • Free up other property to pass to heirs

Receive income from your gift

  • Create a life-income plan with your gift
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Receive income for your lifetime
  • Receive a charitable tax deduction
  • Diversify your holdings

Our Vision

A thriving, resilient community with the resources to ensure a vibrant quality of life for generations to come.

Legacy Society

Join us

Pikes Peak Community Foundation was born out of the Colorado Springs Community Trust in 1928. It was created through the bequest of caring individuals who wanted to leave their estate to help improve the place they love.

To honor those who continue in their footsteps, we have create the Legacy Society. The Society recognizes those donors who have included the Community Foundation in their estate plans or have created a life income gift.

If you have included the Foundation in your estate plans, please notify us. We want to be sure that we accurately understand and properly carry out your wishes when the time comes.

Legacy Society Benefits