Donor Advised Funds (DAF)

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Giving through Donor Advised Funds

Help us bridge the gap.

Through your donor-advised fund, you can recommend grants to the nsoro Educational Foundation, supporting our comprehensive scholarship program designed for youth aging out of foster care. With essential wrap-around services including coaching, mentorship, and workforce readiness, we empower these young individuals to build a brighter future. Together, we bridge the gap for equitable outcomes, providing the necessary tools and support for success.

2 Ways To Give Through A Donor-Advised Fund

As a valued DAF contributor, or if you’re considering becoming one, you have the power to shape our grantmaking process, ensuring that your DAF supports the nonprofit organizations that resonate with you and align with our mission.

Recommend a grant from your DAF through your fund administrator

You can recommend a gift to The nsoro Educational Foundation by contacting your fund administrator, or by making a grant recommendation online.

Set up recurring grants from your DAF

You have the option to establish regular grants, providing ongoing support for nsoro’s inspiring mission. This can be easily arranged online or by getting in touch with your fund administrator to select your preferred grant frequency.


Donor Advised Funds FAQs

Q. What is a Donor Advised Fund?

A: Donor-advised funds (DAFs) represent a versatile charitable giving vehicle embraced by organizations and individual donors to further their philanthropic endeavors. Offering an immediate tax benefit to you, DAFs enable you to suggest grants to your preferred charitable causes.

In the U.S., DAFs have emerged as the fastest-growing charitable giving tool, providing a tax-efficient and straightforward method to champion the causes closest to your heart. These charitable accounts grant donors the freedom to contribute as frequently as they desire to the nonprofits that hold personal significance.

Opting for a DAF can be a practical alternative to establishing private foundations, offering adaptable giving strategies with minimal administrative overhead for you as a generous donor.

Q. How do donor-advised funds work?

A: DAFs are overseen by independent organizations recognized as Section 501(c)(3) entities. These sponsoring organizations are commonly community foundations or public charities, though some prominent investment firms like Vanguard and Charles Schwab may also serve as sponsors.

A diverse range of assets, including cash, real estate, investments, and other noncash assets, can be contributed to a DAF.

When you make a contribution to a DAF, you are providing support to the organization that administers the donor fund, rather than directly to a charity. Nevertheless, donors have the privilege of suggesting specific charitable organizations to receive grants from the pooled funds, as part of their advisory role.

The DAF then serves as a conduit for charitable giving on behalf of its donors, enabling each donor to claim an immediate tax deduction for the full amount of the donation in the current tax year.

Q. Are there minimum payout requirements for my donor-advised fund donation?

A: A minimum payout is a specified sum of money that particular charitable funds are mandated by law to distribute to charitable organizations annually. For instance, private foundations must allocate 5% of the fund’s assets to nonprofits each year. Currently, Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) do not have federally mandated minimum payout obligations.

Nevertheless, given the potential evolution of tax laws, it is wise to contemplate how a minimum payout requirement might impact your giving strategy in the future. Additionally, it’s worth noting that certain financial institutions may stipulate that accounts must make at least one grant within set timeframes to remain active.