Meet Dennis and Bonnie Fontenot Nielson. Like many other recently retired couples, the Nielsons are choosing to give back earlier in life, believing that philanthropy is no longer something that needs to wait for a bequest. Donor-advised funds, like the one created by the Nielsons, allows donors to remain actively involved with their fund through routine advisement in support of their favorite causes. A Donor-Advised Fund is ideal for donors who have a wide range of charitable interests and wish to respond to the shifting needs of the community.
The Nielsons currently focus the grants from their fund on early and secondary education, having advised the Foundation to support Bonnie’s alma mater, Stuart Hall School, since the fund was established in 2015. Learn more about your options through the Community Foundation.