Adams County Community Foundation

News and Events

In July, during "The Big Give" the Adams County Community Foundation awarded grants through its annual competitive grants program to 33 organizations totaling $127,913.

The next deadline for the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust grant applications will be January 15, 2018.

Please visit the new Adams County Dollars for Scholars website A user-friendly way to help students access more local and nationwide scholarships.


The Martin family siblings created a fund for the Fairfield Area School District to memorialize their deceased father, J. W. (“Prof”) Martin. Mr. Martin was a noted and respected teacher in the Fairfield School System. Scholarships from this Fund are awarded to a senior at Fairfield High School who is the most outstanding in the field of mathematics. To give to this fund or to find out more about the many different funds available, click here.

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Interested in Giving?

The Adams County Community Foundation has a variety of ways to assist people who want to support this community forever through a charitable gift. Gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, personal property, life insurance and retirement assets may be donated to the Community Foundation. Most charitable gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law to the donor.

EFT (Electronic Funds Transmission) - You may contribute to the Adams County Community Foundation through an automatic debit from your bank account. Simply download the form provided, complete it and mail it to ACCF, P. O. Box 4565, Gettysburg, PA 17325. It is safe, it is secure, it is “for Good, for Adams County, for Ever.”

GIFTS OF CASH - Giving cash is the simplest way to begin a fund, add to an existing fund, or make a gift of any size to support the Community Foundation.

SECURITIES - Gifts of appreciated securities to qualified charities like the Community Foundation enable donors to avoid capital gains, and such gifts can be deducted at full market value, up to 30% of your adjusted gross income, with the ability to carry forward amounts exceeding your allowance for an additional five years. Information about the process for transferring gifts of stock is available from the Community Foundation.

MUTUAL FUNDS - The Community Foundation accepts gift of mutual funds, and is pleased to provide donors with instructions for making such gifts.

REAL ESTATE - Gifts of real estate can be used to establish a charitable fund at the Community Foundation. Prospective gifts of real estate will be carefully reviewed by the Community Foundation prior to acceptance.

PERSONAL PROPERTY - As with gifts of real estate, gifts of tangible personal property such as antiques, art, collections—will be considered by the Community Foundation.

LIFE INSURANCE - When life insurance is no longer needed for wealth replacement, it can be a tax advantageous way to provide a significant charitable gift. You may give the Community Foundation a paid-up policy or one on which you are continuing to pay. You may receive a number of tax benefits from making such a gift, including reduced estate and income taxes.

IRAs AND RETIREMENT ASSETS - When not needed for income purposes, IRAs, and retirement assets such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans can be donated to the Community Foundation for a tax advantage to the donor.

BEQUESTS - In order to include the Community Foundation in your Last Will & Testament as a charitable bequest, your legal counsel may use language similar to this:
I give, devise and bequeath the following: ______________ (Description of assets that are the subject of the bequest; for example, a stated sum or the residue of the estate, or a percentage of the residue of the estate) to ADAMS COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, a nonprofit corporation within the State of Pennsylvania. This gift shall be known as the ______________ (Name chosen by you.) Fund. If you desire that the bequest be applied to an area of charitable interest or to specific organizations, add: This fund shall be devoted to the support of: ______________.

REMAINDER OF A CHARITABLE TRUST - Individuals may create a charitable trust for their estate which upon death, this charitable trust may be distributed to or incorporated by the Community Foundation to support the donor’s charitable wishes.

Donors are advised to consult Community Foundation staff as well as their own professional advisors for more detailed information about diverse options for giving.

For more information e-mail Ralph Serpe or call 717-337-0060.