Endowment Partners Program

Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers is proud to be a leader in helping nonprofits build endowments. The long term funds are invested for the future needs of an organization so the good they do can keep going. Endowments also provide a steady source of revenue, allow donors to leave a legacy and convey stability, fiscal responsibility and prudent planning.

How We Help Nonprofits

We are dedicated to helping nonprofits succeed and thrive.

You are true visionaries. The hard workers. The people who make change happen.

We are committed to funding innovative ways to strengthen the nonprofit community.

Endowments help make nonprofits strong and sustainable.

Grant opportunities fund innovative programs and help your organization grow and prosper.

That's why we have started the Endowment Partners Program which will help organizations build an endowment and receive some technical assistance.

We are launching this program along with the 2018 Robert Sullivan Incentive Grant Program* which helps both organizations with funds at the Foundation and encourages new organizations to build their endowments. Please visit our Grant Programs page to download this application.

*Designated funds that are established buy a donor rather then through an agreement with an organizations board of directors are not eligible for the incentive grant program.

Benefits of Endowment Partner Funds

  • Long-term viability and stability. An endowment will provide your nonprofit organization with a steady income stream to offset operations, fund new and innovative programs, and support other mission-critical activities.
  • Attractiveness to donors. An endowment is a sign that your organization will be around for a long time, which offers a further incentive for prospective donors.
  • Saved time and resources. You can deepen your nonprofit’s focus on its core mission, as you require less time for administration and management.
  • Professional guidance. CFTT’s staff will provide professional advice on complex gift transactions and can execute deferred gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, for your donors.
  • Professional management. Our investment program combines the assets of permanent charitable funds for investment, so that each fund benefits from the strength of a large pooled portfolio. The result is high-quality, diversified investment management at reasonable costs.

Adding to Your Current Agency Fund

As an endowment partner, you will want to grow your endowment and add to your CFTT fund.  Although some organizations successfully build their endowment by contributing a portion of annual revenues, most use fundraising efforts to support their endowment funds.

Robert Sullivan Grant Incentive Program

For current agency endowment partners whose fund balances have met the minimum fund balance of $12,500 additional gifts to your organization’s fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000. There is no need to fill out an application since your organization already works with CFTT. Instead contact Suzanne Lee, President, at slee@twintierscf.org with a letter of intent to participate.


Please ask your donors to make their gift directly to your organization, which will acknowledge the donor when soliciting donations for your endowment. You can then forward donations to CFTT to be added to your endowment partner fund, and CFTT will acknowledge your organization.


For more information on handling securities, please contact:

  • Suzanne Lee, President: slee@twintierscf.ogr or 570.888.475

Endowment Readiness

Below is a document that will help you to asses your endowment readiness.