We help you quickly & easily start a nonprofit memorial fund.

Your loved one made a difference. Their legacy will too.

“Finding CharitySmith was a gift for me. After a personal tragedy, they made it easy for me to start a foundation to honor my son. Amazing work!”

Pam Moules

Administrator, Jonathan Moules, Steps4Hope Foundation

Start a memorial fund

CharitySmith allows you to create a nonprofit Memorial Fund, Memorial Scholarship, or Charitable Fund in full accordance with federal law and tax requirements. 

Money raised can be used toward whichever cause you are passionate about. This includes scholarships, grants, medical research, or helping families in need. You choose the cause. We do the rest.

Your fund, your way, your impact.

Tailor your very own nonprofit fund to reflect your vision, values, and the impact you wish to make. Choose one of our website templates as a starting point and we can easily customize it for you. 

Website Templates: Simple | Graphic Header | Multiple GalleriesCentered | Vertical Galleries

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Design Your Fund

Complete this brief worksheet to get started.

Sign the Contract

Sign our simple and straightforward contract.

Pay the Startup Fee

Pay the one time fee and establish the fund.

For more information about starting a memorial fund or scholarship fund please review our FAQ’s.

You do the good, we do the paperwork.

What We Do

• Start a memorial fund in less than 4 days

• Create & administer a memorial webpage 

• Advise on charitable giving & fund goals 

• Process donations & provide receipts for tax deductions

• Issue award grants and scholarships 

• Transparent accounting & supervised banking 

All You Have To Do

Complete the Design Your Fund Worksheet

• Sign our simple and straightforward contract

• Pay a flat fee to get started

• Send in pictures and website content

• Run the fund your way 

• Support & fundraise for the causes and individuals you choose

Leaving a legacy, the easy way.

At CharitySmith, we understand that planning for the future encompasses more than just financial arrangements. It’s about ensuring that your legacy continues to make a difference in the lives of those you care about and the causes you hold dear. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our new service: Pre-Planned Memorial Funds and Scholarships.

Find guidance & legacy planning support.

Your Legacy – Planning For a Lasting Impact

Planning for your legacy doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It can be a proactive and empowering process that ensures your values live on long after you’re gone.

End of Life Planning – A Comprehensive Guide

Engaging in end-of-life planning empowers you to take control of your future, ease the burden on your loved ones, and ensure your wishes are honored.

After Loss – Next Steps & Funeral Planning Checklist

This checklist offers a clear and organized approach to the steps that should be taken after the loss of a loved one as well as the funeral planning process.

Explore our funds.

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Good lives, well remembered.

For almost 30 years, CharitySmith has been helping people successfully create and administer memorial funds in full accordance with federal law and tax requirements.

With over one million dollars distributed annually in scholarships, grants, medical research and help for families in need, the legacies those memorial funds honor live on.

Join us, and keep the love alive with a CharitySmith Memorial Fund.

Why CharitySmith?

Understanding Your Options

There are many online services that allow you to create a memorial in honor of your loved one. As a 501(c)3 public charity, CharitySmith stands apart. Setting up a fund through CharitySmith gives you all of the benefits of creating your own nonprofit.  We do the administrative work, allowing you to get started immediately, and not worry about or be delayed state and federal regulations.

Good to Know

When organizing a fund through a crowd funding site, funeral service, or bank it is not a charity and as a founder your are responsible to pay taxes on any money raised. Contact us to learn more.

New fund spotlight.

Joan W. Barkin Memorial Fund

Established to celebrate Joan W. Barkin, M.D., whose dedication to caring for others improved the lives of her patients, community, friends, and family. We can think of no better way to honor her memory than to enable other young women to follow in her footsteps, pursuing their education in the sciences and healthcare fields. Learn More.

Pam Courtney Foundation

Was established to continue her legacy in the Bancroft and College Glen community. Pam’s beacon of light shined on everyone who crossed paths with her. This light must continue and be shared for many future generations. The Pam Courtney Foundation intends to continue her legacy and love of sports and the arts. Learn More.

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Every step of the way.

We are here to support you every step of the way. Our team of compassionate administrators is always available to provide guidance, share ideas, and lend our expertise to ensure the success of your memorial fund.

Rachel Ward Rohlen

Rachel Ward Rohlen

Executive Director

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