Connecting through volunteering, charity, and community

There are plenty of ways to engage and connect with others here in the Central Valley. Connecting through charity and volunteering is one such way.

Why are we sharing this in a financial planning newsletter? For a number of reasons:

  • Research shows that a more engaged individual is a more healthy individual
  • Charitable contributions – giving of your time, monetary and other donations, or both – can be important part of a person’s investment strategy and estate planning
  • Our business is all about the personal contact – we believe in enriching the lives of our clients along with the community we live in.

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Why should you care about volunteering and charitable organizations, and their impact on the community?

  • Make a difference locally
  • Meet new friends
  • Learn a new skill – such as using technology, social media
  • Earn a tax incentive – both now and in the future

To learn about a really interesting program in the Bay Area that connects people of all ages and interest levels, click here.

A great local resource: Stanislaus Community Foundation

http://www.stanislauscf.org

What is it?

SCF helps people in their charitable efforts by simplifying the process to make giving easy and flexible. They then provide donations in the form of grants to a wide variety of local agencies. And provide thought leadership on charitable giving throughout the county.

Stanislaus Community Foundation is an independent, 501(c)3 public charity.

Since its inception in 2002, Stanislaus Community Foundation has granted more than $11 million in charitable funds to nonprofits and scholarship recipients in Stanislaus County.

Stanislaus Community Foundation has more than 100 funds and more than $19 million in total assets.

Stanislaus Community Foundation has consistently ranked in the top 5% among peer community foundation for rate of return on investments.

The Granite team can work with you and the SCF organization to structure a charitable giving approach that meets your needs.