Donor-Advised Funds

Create a donor-advised fund

A DONOR-ADVISED FUND, or DAF, is a giving account established at a public charity. It allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction and then recommend grants from the fund over time.  Donors can contribute to the fund as frequently as they like, and then recommend grants to their favorite charitable organizations whenever it makes sense for them.

Download an application here, and view the current DAF fee schedule here.

The United States has more than 1.2 million DAF accounts as of 2021.
Source: National Philanthropic Trust

How donor-advised funds work

Donors contribute

The donor makes an irrevocable contribution to the donor-advised fund (DAF) and can take an immediate tax deduction.

Assets may grow

The charitable assets in the DAF may be invested, and any investment growth is tax-free for the donor.

Charities benefit

The donor recommends grants from the DAF assets to support qualified charities.

Benefits of a donor-advised fund

DAFs have become popular in part because of their versatility, allowing donors to give when, what, how, and where is most favorable for them. There are many reasons why donors choose a donor-advised fund as a philanthropic giving vehicle. Charitable giving with a donor-advised fund can be a tax-efficient way to build a charitable legacy.

Here are the benefits of a donor-advised fund:

  • Maximize tax benefits

  • Contribute immediately, build a philanthropic strategy and donate when you’re ready

  • Grow your contributions over time, making more charitable dollars available to grant to nonprofits

  • Guarantee philanthropic dollars reach the causes you care about with an irrevocable contribution

  • Simplify organization and administration

  • Create a charitable legacy

  • Choose how you are acknowledged

  • Develop a philanthropic vision and philosophy

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