How to start a memorial fund. Steps and checklist.

Create a meaningful difference in the lives of others and carry forward your loved one’s values and passions.

It is through acts of generosity and compassion that we can perpetuate their spirit and create a lasting impact.

Aaron Lager

CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation

Below you will find a short list of items that needs to be completed in order to start a nonprofit memorial fund, foundation or scholarship fund through CharitySmith. Further info an be found at our frequently asked questions page.

Additionally, we are always here to help so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Contact us here.

Complete The Build a Fund Worksheet

This simple form gives us the basic info needed to begin the process of opening a fund.

Feel free to contact us to set up a call to discuss any questions.

Choose a Website Template and Complete the Form

1. Simple  »

2. Graphic Header »

3. Multiple Galleries »

4. Centered »

Templates are just a starting point. We will customize as needed.

Browse Memorial Fund Examples

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Next Steps: Finish Paperwork and Website Design

Once the paperwork is completed we will get started on the website. The website template is just a start. We will work with you to customize it as needed and work to meet your timeline.

  • Please sign and return our simple and straightforward contract here.
  • Please pay the start-up fee online or mail a check, and familiarize yourself with our fees.
  • Please send at least 1 (or as many as 12) image(s) for the site and at least one paragraph that describes the fund. Don’t worry, you can start with just a picture and a small blurb and we will be happy to help you expand on it after the fund is up and running.

We want to assure you that we are here to support you every step of the way. We are available to provide guidance, share ideas, and lend our expertise to ensure the success of this memorial fund. Together, we can bring comfort, hope, and a lasting tribute to the memory of your loved one.

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.

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