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Charitable giving expertise

Portrait of ACF advisor partner Marj McClanahan in the forest near Flagstaff.

How We Can Help

The Arizona Community Foundation’s expertise in charitable gift planning augments your client relationships by delivering expert charitable advice and customized giving solutions, while benefiting our communities for generations to come. ACF is the charitable arm of your professional team, supporting you and your clients through every step of the giving process while you remain the expert on financial or wealth management.

personalized service

ACF makes it easy to navigate charitable giving with your clients. Our team is ready to build a lasting professional partnership with you.

ACF makes it easy to navigate charitable giving with your clients. Our team is ready to build a lasting professional partnership with you.

Types of Funds

We offer a variety of fund types to help you achieve maximum impact in the areas that matter to your clients.

Donor Advised Fund

Support multiple organizations throughout the years by recommending grants that align with personal passions.

Scholarship Fund

Invest in students pursuing college or vocational postsecondary education. Donors can choose different levels of involvement depending on their interests and goals.

Field of Interest Fund

Donors select a focus area and let ACF manage competitive grant cycles and award funding to high-performing organizations and programs that align with the selected field of interest.

Designated Fund

Donors select one or more nonprofit organizations that will receive a reliable annual income stream.

Collaborative Fund

A group contributes to a single fund and grants are recommended by a committee, often supporting a common cause or jointly-funded program.

Supporting Organization

Provides separate entity status and the potential to involve infinite generations alongside public charity tax benefits and outsourced back-office administration.

Creating a Legacy

ACF’s planned giving professionals work with you and your clients to customize the type of planned gift and fund type that are best suited for the charitable interests of donors and their heirs.

manage your clients' assets

A third of our assets are managed by external investment advisors who have been recommended by donors.

Portrait of external investment advisor Jim Marten in his office on Camelback Road.

Advisor Spotlight

Working with ACF

Get Involved
Portrait of former ACF Professional Advisory Board Chair Russel Goldstein.
It has been an honor to serve on the Professional Advisory Board, helping to educate advisors about the benefits of working with ACF.

Russell Goldstein, CFP®, CAP®, CSRIC™

Bank of America Private Bank

Advisor Spotlight

Working with ACF

Establish a Fund
Portrait of ACF advisor partner in charitable giving Hope Liebsohn in her Scottsdale office.
When I contact ACF to refer a client, I am confident they will offer innovative solutions that support my client's customized philanthropic goals.

Hope Liebsohn, Esq.

Attorney, Sherman Howard

Advisor Spotlight

Working with ACF

Give Where You Live
Portrait of ACF advisor partner Marj McClanahan in the forest near Flagstaff.
ACF's regional offices allow smaller communities to deeply understand the needs of our neighbors while leveraging support of the central office in Phoenix to bring us together in a powerful way.

Marj McClanahan

Nordstrom & Associates, ACF of Flagstaff Board of Advisors member

Expertise in Complex Assets

The tax advantages of donating non-cash assets can result in your client giving more to their charitable fund than if they were to sell the assets and donate the cash proceeds.

Upcoming Events for Advisors

We offer a wide range of continuing education and networking opportunities for advisors to keep up-to-date on trends in charitable giving and estate planning.

Faith, Legacy, and Wealth: Navigating Religious Considerations in Estate Planning

Wednesday, January 17 - 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Mesa Country Club

ACF and the East Valley Estate Planning Council invite you to join Yaser Ali, Esq. to explore a critical yet often overlooked aspect of estate planning: the profound influence of religion. Mr. Ali will analyze how a client's religious beliefs can inform their inheritance decisions, charitable intentions, and end-of-life preferences, with a goal of being able to provide more holistic, thoughtful planning solutions for our clients.

Thursday, April 18 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Arizona Biltmore

Save the date! Join us and support ACF’s network of donors, advisors, nonprofit leaders, and community influencers for a day of learning at our inaugural forum. This forum was designed based on feedback from our partners to build connections that strengthen Arizona communities. Registration coming soon! Email us to learn more about event details and sponsorship opportunities.