Donor Advised Fund (DAF)

A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a charitable giving vehicle that allows individuals, families, or organizations to make tax-deductible donations to a fund, which is then managed by a sponsoring organization, typically a public charity or a financial institution.

These funds are used to support charitable causes and nonprofits.

Here's how a Donor Advised Fund works:


  1. **Contribution**: The donor makes a tax-deductible contribution to the DAF. This contribution can be in the form of cash, securities, or other assets.
  2. **Account Setup**: The DAF sponsor establishes an account in the donor's name or the name the donor chooses. This account is separate from the donor's personal assets.
  3. **Grant Recommendations**: The donor can recommend grants from the DAF to eligible charitable organizations of their choice. This allows donors to have a say in how the funds are distributed.
  4. **Investment Growth**: The DAF assets are typically invested for potential growth, which can result in a larger pool of money available for charitable giving.
  5. **Tax Benefits**: Donors receive an immediate tax deduction for their contribution to the DAF. This can be advantageous for those who want to maximize their charitable deductions in a particular tax year.
  6. **Privacy**: DAFs offer a degree of privacy, as the donor's recommendations can be made anonymously if desired. The public charity or financial institution overseeing the DAF is responsible for processing grants and ensuring they comply with IRS regulations.
  7. **Distribution Timing**: Donors can recommend grants from the DAF at any time, making it a flexible tool for charitable giving. They do not have to distribute all the funds immediately.
  8. **Impact and Legacy**: Donor Advised Funds can serve as a way to create a lasting charitable legacy, as they can be passed down to heirs or successors to continue supporting charitable causes.


It's important to note that while donors can make recommendations for how funds in a DAF are distributed, the DAF sponsor has ultimate authority and discretion over approving grants to ensure they align with IRS regulations and charitable purposes.


Donor Advised Funds are popular among philanthropists and individuals who want to simplify their charitable giving, take advantage of tax benefits, and have a structured approach to managing their donations while supporting causes that matter to them.

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