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Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

What is a donor-advised fund?


A donor-advised fund (DAF) provides donors with a centralized charitable giving vehicle.  It allows philanthropically inclines individuals, families, and corporations to make an irrevocable charitable gift to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program and take an immediate tax deduction.  Most sponsoring organizations of DAFs accept cash equivalents, securities, and certain other assets.


How does it work?

  • Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program

  • Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free)

  • Recommend grants to qualified public charities of your choice


Main advantages of a donor-advised fund:

  • Simplicity— The DAF sponsor handles all recordkeeping, disbursements, and tax receipts

  • Flexibility—Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making

  • Tax efficiency— Contributions are tax-deductible, and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free.  It is also easy to donate long-term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support several charities from one block of stock.

  • Family legacy—A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy.

  • No start-up costs— There is no cost to establish a donor-advised fund.  However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more).*

  • No transaction fees—Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified public charity of choice.*


Privacy if desired—Donors may choose to remain anonymous to the grant recipient.

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