STERLING-ROCK FALLS COMMUNITY TRUST

You Can Help

You Can Make A Difference Here at Home

All contributions support local students and community programs

The Sterling Rock Falls Community Trust has distributed over $2 million to assist local students since its inception in 1968 and over $700,000 to charitable organizations for projects including literacy, school initiatives, the fine arts, history, child care, animal welfare, senior center, Home of Hope, local food banks, and health and wellness of all ages in our community.

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to Sterling or Rock Falls residents who:

  • are graduating seniors from a Sterling or Rock Falls accredited high school including Newman, or
  • are current college students demonstrating both needs and success.

Community Initiatives

  • Paul W. Dillon Endowment Fund: Income is distributed in the form of Grants for community improvements
  • Wm. & Bessie Robinson Memorial: Income is distributed yearly to the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society.

How Can You Help?

You can make a difference for those who live here now and those to come while maximizing your tax deductions.

  1. Discuss your overall philanthropic goals with your family members, tax and legal advisors.
  2. Decide how much you can afford to give.
  3. Determine the cause or organizations that will use your donations to meet the goals you support.
  4. Meet with us to critique your plan. Ask questions, explore the different gift vehicles available to you and review the documents needed to implement your plan.
  5. Share the documents with your family and your professional advisors.
  6. Transfer your gift to the Sterling Rock Falls Community Trust.
  7. Review our confirmation of your complete gift and the ongoing progress of grants that are awarded.

Matching Fund Grants

To encourage contributions, the Sterling-Rock Falls Community Trust has established a limited-time matching grant program. Each donation of $250 up to a maximum of $10,000 will be matched at 25%. As an example, a gift of $250 will generate $312.50; a $1,000 contribution will become $1,250.

Choices in Giving

Choose A Type Of Fund

We offer a variety of funds that are flexible to meet our donors’ different charitable needs:

  • Unrestricted Funds offer the broadest giving option, allowing grants to be made to wherever our Board of Trustees determines our community’s needs are the greatest.
  • Field-Of-Interest Funds create grants that meet needs in a particular field or geographic area that is of interest to you.
  • Donor-Advised Funds enable you to recommend specific organizations to receive grants.
  • Scholarship Funds, as described above help students pursue academic goals. You may be assured that grants to these groups remain relevant over time and responsive to changing circumstances.

Your Choices In Giving

Your gift to the Sterling-Rock Falls Community Trust will be invested wisely to provide maximum returns with safety.

You may specify the General Fund or establish a named fund or additionally create a Donor Advised Fund, subject to the minimum amount required, which allows the donor to specify how these monies will be used.

Almost any kind of asset can be used to start your fund, such as cash, publicly traded securities, private foundation assets and retirement assets.

The trustees can also discuss other options with you, such as bequests, charitable gift annuities, life income, and deferred charitable gift annuities.

You may consider naming the Sterling-Rock Falls Community Trust as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, an existing policy, or a new policy can constitute the gift.