By Jim Kampstra, APA, CIMA®, CFP®

We at Stonebridge Financial Group are proud to support the Adams County Community Foundation! For instance, I have had the privilege of serving on their Board of Directors for the past five years, and have held the role of Treasurer for four of those years. What I like most about this and other Community Foundations is that they make it easy for people of all backgrounds to get involved in philanthropy. Donors can create pass-through funds to make annual charitable donations, as well as establish permanent endowment funds to support their favorite charitable organizations for many years to come.

In addition, Community Foundations can bring people together to resolve the biggest challenges facing local residents.  For example, many Adams County residents have been impacted by drug abuse and addiction. The Adams County Community Foundation recently partnered with the County and several non-profits to raise the nearly $200,000 required to unlock a state grant and start construction on The Mercy House, the first substance abuse recovery center in Adams County. The facility will have public space for clients and residents to receive information, counseling, and other addiction services.

The Adams County Community Foundation has a significant, positive impact on the County and all of its residents. In 2019, it granted more than $1.6 million, including over $120,000 in scholarships to local students!

I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to learn about the Community Foundation in your area and find out how you can get involved. If you are in Adams County, or just curious about what they do, you can learn more about the Adams County Community Foundation at

Philanthropy is an important piece in many people’s financial plan, so be sure to discuss your giving goals with your financial advisor as well.

Jim KampstraJim’s primary focus is consulting with business owners on their personal and business-related financial matters. He works closely with his clients to develop comprehensive plans and investment strategies to meet their goals. Jim spends his time away from work with family, enjoying the company of his wife Kelly, daughter Audrey, and son Vance. He is an avid gamer and also likes to stay active hiking, traveling, and skiing.