For Donors

Giving back. Giving forward.

As the only Community Foundation in the area, Northfield Shares is exclusively focused on establishing a long-range foundation for community health and vitality, and exists to assist individuals and organizations in achieving their charitable goals.

We make it easy for you to support the Northfield community; to give back to the place that you are proud to call home, and to ensure that it continues to be a place where people have abundant opportunities to learn, grow and thrive.

Donors may choose from one-time, annual, lifetime and planned giving options, all of which positively impact Northfield area nonprofits, and in turn, the community at-large. Our team partners with you to create a giving plan that works for you and allows you to support the projects, organizations and issues in the Northfield community that are important to you.

Northfield Shares offers a variety of giving strategies and funds, giving donors the opportunity to shape their donation by both choosing the type of fund they wish to create, and the ability to choose where their donations are directed.

Additionally, Northfield Shares currently manages a variety of funds to which anyone is welcome to contribute.

Always Sharing, The Bill Clifford Family Legacy Fund

Bill Clifford grew up in Northfield. After living and working in other communities in his early adult years, he moved back to Northfield and purchased Waterford Oil, embarking on a lifetime of entrepreneurship. Bill was generous with his time and resources, and mentored many young people during his life.

When the private foundation Bill established became too cumbersome to manage, the Clifford children approached Northfield Shares to initiate the Bill Clifford Family Legacy Fund. The fund annually distributes grant funding to local nonprofits, for use in programs directed toward youth development, honoring Bill’s passion for encouraging and guiding young people. Through this fund, held and managed by Northfield Shares, Bill will continue making the community that he loved a better place for many years to come.

To learn more about this fund and the others under our management, please click here.

Bill Clifford

Higher Standards

accredited foundationNorthfield Shares, Our Community Foundation has been accredited with Community Foundations National Standards®—the highest standards for philanthropic excellence.  We work to support the causes our community cares about. National Standards says that we meet the most rigorous standards in philanthropy and is a promise to our community that we’ll continue to do this good work together.  Community Foundations National Standards is not mandatory. We chose to go above and beyond by affirming our commitment to excellence and accountability. Our accreditation provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place. In short, it means we meet the highest standards for local giving. To receive accreditation with National Standards, Northfield Shares submitted our policies and procedures to a rigorous review of 26 National Standards in six key areas of community foundation operations, including donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. The Community Foundations National Standards® program was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. For more information about National Standards, visit