The Community Foundation of North Florida is an ideal vehicle for building an endowment to help your nonprofit organization better meet current challenges and provide long-term financial stability for the future of your organization. The Community Foundation of North Florida provides investment oversight of the fund and many other services.

Benefits to a Nonprofit

  • Investment advantages through the Community Foundation of North Florida’s professional money managers and investment consultants.​
  • Planned Giving assistance for handling a wide variety of gifts, allowing your organization to introduce your donors to more innovative and tax-minimizing ways of giving. ​
  • Greater exposure to a wider range of potential donors through various Community Foundation of North Florida’s publications allowing for opportunities to grow your organization’s endowment fund.
  • Relief of administrative burdens as the Community Foundation of North Florida receives and processes all gifts to the endowment fund including providing gift acknowledgement to the donor and notification to your organization.​
  • Increased donor confidence because your organization is using a professional third party endowment building partner to administer the endowment.​
  • Personalized service from our knowledgeable and professional staff who are here to provide prompt attention to your needs including presentations to your board upon request.


Nonprofit organization endowment funds established at the Community Foundation of North Florida are referred to as Agency funds. Below are the most common questions and answers about Agency endowments at the Community Foundation of North Florida.

What is an Agency endowment fund?

A CFNF Agency endowment is a fund which is kept in perpetuity to provide invested earnings for the benefit of the nonprofit organization for which the fund was established. An endowment fund grows through gifts from donors, contributions from the organization itself, and investment income.

Who can establish an Agency endowment with the Foundation?

An Agency endowment can be established by any qualified charitable nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Organizations with strong leadership and management, financial stability, a committed and diverse pool of donors, board and staff committed to the effort, and the capacity to engage in this long-term fundraising strategy are the best candidates for endowment development.

Why should an organization establish an endowment fund?

An endowment provides an additional source of annual revenue to an organization for assisting with operations, programs or unanticipated needs, if necessary.

What is the minimum amount to start an endowment fund?

A minimum gift of $10,000 is required.

What are the fees for an Agency endowment?

The annual administrative fee for an Agency endowment is based on the balance of the fund as follows:

$50,000 + = 1.5%

Under $50,000 = 1.75%

Under $10,000 = $175  

The fee for any fund above $3 million will reduce as follows:

$3-6 million = 1.0%

$6-9 million = 0.8%

$9-12 million = 0.6%

Above $12 million = 0.4%

Investment Fee

Each fund pays a pro-rata share of the investment costs (approximately 94 basis points) annually. 

NOTE: All investment returns are reported net of investment costs.

What type of gifts can donors give to an endowment fund?

The Community Foundation of North Florida can accept a variety of gifts from your donors to your organization’s endowment fund. Learn more about Charitable Gift Types

What happens when someone makes a gift to an Agency endowment fund?

When a gift is received by CFNF for the benefit of an Agency endowment, our CFO will send an email notification to the Executive Director/President of the nonprofit organization receiving the gift. This email will provide the donor’s name (unless the gift is given anonymously) and contact information as well as the gift amount.

How does an Agency receive information about their endowment?

The Community Foundation of North Florida uses the Fund Advisor Portal, an online portal which allows fundholders to login and view account activity, annual spending balance amounts and download quarterly fund statements. Once a fund is established, online access is given to the Executive Director/President and Finance Director/Bookkeeper of the Agency.

How does an Agency receive distributions from their endowment fund?

Annual spend balances are calculated at the end of the calendar year and are based on a board approved spending policy, currently 4%. To request available funds, the Agency must complete and submit an distribution request form to CFNF. Upon receipt of the request and after CFNF board approval, the request will be processed in the next grant cycle.

How is the endowment invested?

The Community Foundation of North Florida partners with Commonfund, founded in 1971 as an independent asset management firm focused on not-for-profit institutions and now manages over $25 billion in assets, including 431 foundations. Commonfund is one of North America’s leading investment firms for education endowments, foundations and philanthropic organizations. Their only business is investment management, and they are active in all sectors of the global capital markets, both public and private, serving a broad spectrum of investors, including nonprofit organizations, healthcare organizations, family offices and pension plans.

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Ready to Establish an Agency Fund?

Thank you for your interest in learning more about an Agency fund at the Community Foundation of North Florida. The decision to establish an endowment is an important step for securing a continual source of long-term revenue for your nonprofit organization. 

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