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, offer many of the benefits of a private foundation at a fraction of the cost and without the associated legal, tax, and regulatory burdens. 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, during 2016. Learn more about your options through the Community Foundation.