What is a Donor Advised Fund?
A donor advised fund (DAF) is a tax-preferred philanthropic vehicle administered by a public charity. Organizations, families or individuals establish a DAF with an initial tax-deductible contribution to a public charity. The contribution is invested and donors can recommend grants to qualified nonprofit organizations over time.
With a donor advised fund you can:
- Receive an immediate tax deduction and make grants over time
- Donate illiquid assets such as real estate and securities and use the proceeds to support multiple charities
- Create a charitable legacy by naming successor(s) to the account
- Nominate your own independent investment advisor to manage the assets (minimums apply)
A donor advised fund also provides tax advantages*:
- Control Over Timing of Tax Deduction: You can separate the timing of the tax deduction from the distribution of donation and receive tax deductions when it’s most advantageous, while continuing your philanthropy over time
- Tax Savings on Capital Gains: If you donate appreciated assets such as securities or real estate, you may avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation
- Tax-Free Growth: The assets in your account appreciate tax-free
*This does not constitute tax advice and we encourage you to consult a tax-planning expert for guidance.
Comparison of Charitable Vehicles
A contribution to The ImpactAssets Donor Advised Fund represents an irrevocable contribution to ImpactAssets. Contributions are tax deductible, are not refundable, become subject to ImpactAssets’ control and discretion once made and shall not be deemed a separate trust fund held by ImpactAssets in a trustee capacity.
Donors may select an investment allocation from among approved investment options, but investment decisions rest entirely with ImpactAssets. Donors can recommend grants to charitable organizations from their ImpactAssets Donor Advised Fund account, but the final decision on all grants rests with ImpactAssets.
Grants may not be used to benefit the donor or members of their families.
The assets of all ImpactAssets Donor Advised Fund accounts are commingled with those of ImpactAssets in general.
See The ImpactAssets Donor Advised Fund Program Circular for a complete discussion.