Reasons to Give

Top 10 Reasons People Choose to Give through MCF

We are a local organization with deep roots in the community. Founded in 1974, the Marietta Community Foundation has distributed more than $16 million to charities in the Mid-Ohio Valley since its creation. You can learn more about our history, here.

We offer different fund options to match your unique philanthropic goals. We can assist in identifying which fund type best fits your goals, whether it's a donor advised fund, a scholarship fund, a designated fund, a field of interest fund, or an unrestricted fund. 

We offer maximum tax advantages under state and federal law. The IRS recognizes us as an established public charity, so you can earn the maximum deduction at the time of your gift, and can then advise to distribute grants over time allowing you to be more thoughtful about your giving.

We provide highly personalized service tailored to each individual’s charitable and financial interests. With our knowledge, we make donors aware of local needs and local opportunities, enabling us to create giving strategies that reflect our donors’ unique interests.


We accept a wide variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving. You can learn more about the many ways that you can give through the Marietta Community Foundation, here.

Our professional staff has broad knowledge regarding community issues and needs. We keep ourselves educated on all areas of community need - including the arts, economic development, education, environment, health care, human services and others. Our staff can help you target where your grants will have the greatest impact.

We partner with professional advisors to create highly effective approaches to charitable giving. By partnering with professional advisors, we help clients increase their current income, increase their beneficiaries’ inheritance, leave a legacy in the community, and teach their children about philanthropy.

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We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts. Each fund at the Foundation builds your initial donation through managed investment pools. This allows your dollars to keep on giving.

We build endowment funds that benefit the community forever and help create personal legacies. Your gifts to the community have enduring value when channeled through the foundation. Our permanent endowments will continue to grow and make grants forever.

We are a community leader, convening agencies and coordinating resources to create positive change. The Marietta Community Foundation is more than a charitable giving partner. And it's more than a way to positively impact our community. It’s a shared belief that together we will meet each day knowing that in real and tangible ways, we are making tomorrow better.