A strong foundation for your long-term giving
Throughout history, placing a cornerstone was the first and most important act in the building process, giving strength and support to the entire structure. In this same spirit, the Cornerstone Fund anchors your long-term giving strategy. This is a personalized donor-advised fund that offers key advantages and the flexibility and innovations you expect from NCF.
Refine your generosity calling and strategy with help from NCF’s local and national expert charitable planners.
Funds for your family
Engage the next generation in generosity by opening no-cost Giving Funds for your children and grandchildren age 18-26.
Enhanced grantee research
Explore causes and charities through customized research from NCF’s team to help you maximize your charitable impact.
Costs for a Cornerstone Fund start at 44 bps and scale down, making it best suited for funds with balances of about $2.5 million or more. For lower balances, a minimum charge of $950 per month will apply, and NCF flexibly allows for separately managed accounts at no additional cost.
Comparing a Cornerstone Fund vs. Giving Fund
Our two most commonly used donor-advised funds have distinct benefits that go beyond this list below. However, this side-by-side comparison highlights several key benefits you may wish to consider.
2 Costs start at these rates and scale down.
When you open a Cornerstone Fund, you join a community of families who are experiencing greater joy and impacting the causes they love. Consider these reasons so many others have chosen to place their Cornerstone with NCF.
Simple, fast setup by NCF’s team with no initial start-up costs
Investment of fund assets for growth, plus separately managed options
Manage your fund from any device with industry-leading security and privacy
Private briefings with leading philanthropic experts and thought leaders
Confirmation that grant recipients meet IRS and NCF granting guidelines
Flexible advisory structure that lets you focus on giving, not administration
Solutions to protect your granting goals and objectives after death
The perfect solution
For years, the nearest Young Life camp for kids in the Midwest was hundreds of miles away, but NCF givers Clyde and Sue Lear decided to use their Cornerstone Fund, a donor-advised fund, to break ground on a new camp close-by in Missouri. “NCF’s Cornerstone Fund is the perfect solution for my family’s long-term charitable giving,” Clyde says. “Now, we have peace of mind that we’re truly maximizing our giving potential.”