Bill and Melinda Gates of Microsoft fortune do important work around the globe through their family foundation.  It even gets them on the cover of major magazines!

But you don’t need “Microsoft money” to get started. 

By creating your own foundation, you can show the community that you’re in the charity business for the long haul, while also providing yourself with tax-deductible donations that you can control. 

If you’re a good fundraiser, you might be able to get other donors to help keep your foundation running strong.  Create a named scholarship, sponsor a golf tournament or hold a community garage sale. 

Each donation given to and dispersed through the foundation is a press release opportunity and another chance to remind the community of your hard work.

And imagine the community goodwill you create when an event is sponsored by the Smith Family Funeral Home Foundation.