Ways to Contribute

– Give Directly –

– Tributes

Three Rivers Community Foundation receives many donations each year in memory or in honor of a loved one. To make a gift in memory or in honor of someone, please contact us at:
Three Rivers Community Foundation
100 North Braddock Avenue, Suite 302
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

You may also email us at alynch@threeriverscommunity.org, or call us at 412-243-9250.

– Donations from your IRA –

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows for people aged 70 1/2 to make a donation to a charity directly from their IRA. The distributions are tax-free and will avoid penalties for early withdrawal. Donors are allowed to donate up to $100,000 per year through their 401k. This may be of great benefit if you are age 70 1/2 or older and;

  1. Are required to take a distribution from your IRA,
  2. Do not itemize deductions on your taxes,
  3. Charitable gifts already equal 50 percent of your adjusted gross income, or
  4. Are subject to the 2 percent rule that reduces your itemized deductions

Please call Anne at 412-243-9250 to learn more about this giving opportunity.

– Planned Giving –

Planned giving is an area of fundraising that refers to several specific gift types that can be funded with cash, equity, or property. While oftentimes easy to do, they typically require careful planning to ensure that you receive the maximum tax benefit. TRCF’s gift acceptance policy requires that all planned gifts be placed into our endowment unless otherwise instructed by the donor. The interest earned from our endowment funds the grantmaking of Three Rivers Community Foundation.


Your bequest to the Three Rivers Community Foundation will help us to support the vital work of grassroots organizations struggling on the front lines of social change. If you have included us in your estate plans, please let us know by contacting Anne at 412-243-9250 so we may properly recognize your gift.

To include achieve in your will, you may use the following statement in your will or codicil:
“I give devise and bequeath to Three Rivers Community Foundation, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit corporation, presently located at 100 North Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208, the sum of $____.”


Did you know that you may list Three Rivers Community Foundation as a beneficiary in your insurance policies? To do so, ask your employer or insurance agent for a copy of your insurance beneficiaries form. You may then list Three Rivers Community Foundation as a beneficiary. You will likely need our Federal Tax ID number: 25-1615511. You or your estate may receive tax deduction when the policy is executed.

     Other Planned Gifts

You and your estate may benefit from additional gift planning programs. Some of these allow you to make an immediate gift, receive income and reduce taxes. Here are a few gift planning opportunities:

Gifts of Real Estate – You may donate a summer house, primary residence, undeveloped land, etc. and you may be eligible for a tax deduction.
Gifts of Tangible Personal Property – Gifting tangible personal property, such as artwork, collections, and equipment, may make you eligible for a tax deduction.
Charitable Gift Annuities (Immediate, Deferred, or Flexible) – With a Charitable Gift Annuity you make a gift to TRCF and receive guaranteed fixed payments for life to supplement your retired income. Typically the rates for these are higher than a certificate of deposit. You may also defer immediate payments or set up a flexible deferred schedule and receive higher payments at a later time.
Charitable Lead Trusts – The Charitable Lead Trust is a way to greatly reduce or avoid possible gift and estate tax on trust assets passing to family. In this type of gift, the Charity takes the “lead” because the income comes to the charity first while generating immediate tax savings for you. It then returns the remaining assets to you, the donor, your family, or others you designate.
Charitable Remainder Unitrusts – This is the most flexible life income gift available and may help you meet a variety of financial goals including a tax deduction.
Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts – A Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust gift to TRCF is a great way to make a gift of appreciated assets, receive fixed payments, and defer or eliminate gains taxes.

– Grants –

Grants from companies and foundations have supported our Foundation’s social justice efforts to create meaningful change in Southwestern Pennsylvania. If your company or family foundation is interested in supporting any of TRCF’s efforts, please contact Anne at 412-243-9250.

– Stock –

Appreciated stock for publicly traded companies can be a tax burden for you. However, donating the appreciated stock to Three Rivers Community Foundation could provide you with a tax benefit.

– Corporate Matching Gifts –

Many companies make donations to agencies their employees support. Some also support the gifts of spouses and retirees. If your company has a matching gift program, please contact Anne at 412-243-9250.

– Ticket Donations –

Individuals and families that receive services from TRCF would greatly appreciate receiving free tickets to cultural and sporting events. If you have tickets that you would like to donate, please contact us at 412-243-9250.

– United Way –

Three Rivers Community Foundation participates in the United Way Contributor’s Choice Program.  Our United Way number is 962105. You may make your United Way pledge to TRCF online at the following website – www.doyouliveunited.org.

– Online Programs –

If you like to shop online or would like to support Three Rivers Community Foundation every time you search online, then please see the options below.

     Search Tools

If you are like most people, you use the internet to find information from online resources. Did you know you can support TRCF while you are using a search engine?  Simply visit the link below, sign-up, and choose Three Rivers Community Foundation. Then search the internet just like you normally would. Some of the advertising revenues from your searches will then come to TRCF. That’s it!


     Shopping Online

Do you shop online? Did you know you can support TRCF by making purchases online? When you shop online, visit one of the links below. Then choose Three Rivers Community Foundation as the charity you want to support. Next, click through the partner merchants (clicking on the merchant’s link will open a new browser window and redirect you to their site) and start shopping! A percentage of your purchase will go to TRCF.



For information about giving options, please contact us at:
Three Rivers Community Foundation
100 North Braddock Avenue, Suite 302
Pittsburgh, PA  15208

You may also email us at alynch@threeriverscommunity.org, or call us at 412-243-9250.