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What is a donor-advised fund?

A donor-advised fund is a centralized charitable-giving vehicle. A donor opens an account, contributes to the fund and can then recommend distributions to preferred qualified non-for-profit organizations.

What are the benefits of our donor-advised fund?

Maximize Tax Deductions

You qualify for a tax deduction immediately when you make a contribution to The Donors’ Fund, which is a public charity under section 501(c)(3). We promptly provide you with a receipt. In addition, we provide a breakdown of all your contributions at the conclusion of the tax year.


We manage and assist you with your charitable giving, saving you time and money. We provide you with an online account that you can easily manage and maintain


We protect your confidential financial information from falling into the wrong hands. You can be assured that all your charitable giving is tax deductible and handled in a legal and efficient manner. Our programs also allow you to donate with full anonymity, or, if you prefer, provide just the name on your account. No return address or other details are necessary.

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How much will I save on taxes with a donor-advised fund?

By donating to The Donors’ Fund you receive the same tax deductions as you do when you donate to any qualified tax exempt charity. You can be legitimately eligible for a deduction of up to 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI).

What charities can I support?

Our donor-advised fund program will consider your grant recommendations to most registered tax exempt public charities under section 501(c)(3). If we approve of your recommendation, we will directly furnish the donation to the charity in a timely manner.

What is section 501(c)(3)?

Section 501(c)(3) is the provision of the U.S. tax code that defines organizations that are both exempt from federal income and which may receive contributions that are tax-deductible for donors. In general, the IRS specifically recognizes those organizations that satisfy the requirements of section 501(c)(3), although religious organizations and government entities are eligible for the benefits of section 501(c)(3) without having to obtain IRS recognition.

Donor-advised fund vs. private foundation

Donors-advised funds have key advantages over private foundations

Higher Charitable Tax Deduction

The Donors' Fund is a public charity. Thus, all donations to donor-advised funds managed by us are treated as donations to a public charity, allowing donors to claim up to 50% of adjusted gross income as charity. Deductions for donations to private foundations are limited to 30% of adjusted gross income.

Lower costs

A donor-advised fund is generally less costly to donors than a private foundation, saving you on legal, administrative and accounting costs.


Using a donor-advised fund allows you to make donations to the charities you support with full anonymity and privacy. There are no publicly available documents related to your charitable giving.

How do I make a contribution?

The Donors' Fund accepts all cash equivalent donations including checks, ACH and wire transfers; as well as other types of financial assets, such as stocks and mutual funds.

What is our tax ID number?

Our tax ID number is 47-4844275

We can also be found on guidstar.org or the IRS website.

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