Donor Advised Funds

Your “charitable checking account” for creating FOREVER VALUE

What is a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)?

A Donor Advised Fund is a tax-advantaged, convenient vehicle for donating to all the organizations you already love. The donor receives the full tax deduction in the year that the contribution is made to their DAF, but the donor then can take their time in deciding when and to whom they would like to grant this money.

A DAF may advise grants for up to two lifetimes, creating a legacy of philanthropy within a family. The investments will grow tax-free for future grants to charitable causes. In the case of appreciated assets, a Donor Advised Fund can assist you in turning capital gains into charitable gains!

How a DAF works

Why a DAF with the Catholic Community Foundation?

twig_from_coinsWe know you have choices in the administration of a Donor Advised Fund. Our core value is in providing donors the opportunity to advise grants in their key areas of interest. Commercial funds lack our personal touch and focus on a charitable mission; all fees on our DAFs further the Foundation’s mission and the impact that we have on our local community.

As an active grantmaker to the local Catholic Community, we are well equipped to advise you about effective programs and organizations that would benefit from your support. Donor Advised Funds with the Foundation can grant to any qualified 501(c)3 as long as the charitable organization engages only in work that aligns with Catholic social teachings. All of the Foundation’s funds are managed under USCCB guidelines for socially responsible investing.

Donor Advised Funds at a Glance

  • Great way to get a tax break when you have a large taxable event (e.g. IPO stock) but want to take your time advising where they money will go
  • Serves as a clearing house for all your stock so that it’s simple to give to smaller organizations that can’t process stock
  • A fund can grant for up to two lifetimes which creates a legacy of philanthropy in that family
  • “Kitchen Table Philanthropy” using a DAF encourages families to think about charity together and teaches children about social impact

  • $10,000 minimum starting investment
  • 1% annual fee which helps fund the Foundation’s mission and impact on our local community
  • Individual grant requests must be at least $250
  • We recommend 25% of grants support local Catholic causes
  • All funds are managed under the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops (USCCB) guidelines for socially responsible investing
  • Individualized customer service and recommendations of organizations for granting based on your interests
  • Donor may advise grants to non-Catholic organizations that do not go against Catholic social teaching
  • Online portal allows access to fund balances, grant history, gift history, & database of grantees
  • Advise grants to organizations anywhere in the US
  • Grant checks will be mailed within 30 days of the request
  • No limit on the number of grants a donor can recommend

Get started today! Call 408.995.5219 or email and we will answer your questions!

Download the DAF Agreement and Terms & Conditions

Donor Advised Fund Match

The Catholic Community Foundation is excited to offer a match for Donor Advised Funds until Dec 2018!
When you contribute a minimum of $10,000, your parish will automatically receive an unrestricted donation of $500 from the Foundation and your DAF will receive a 5% match up to $5,000!

Get 5% Matched to Your Fund!

Donor Advised Fund vs. Private Foundation

Donor Advised Fund Private Foundation
Cost Annual fee of 1% Often requires employing lawyers, accountants and staff, as well as other administrative expenses.
Administrative Requirements The Foundation will establish an individual fund in your name. We manage investing, accounting and state and federal reporting. An individual 501(c)3 organization must be established and will require filing with the IRS for charitable tax exemption status. Responsible for compliance with federal and state guidelines.
Tax Benefits Charitable deduction of 100% fair market value for most gifts of long term capital gain Charitable deduction often limited to donor cost. Subject to additional federal taxes that DAFs are not.
Flexibility No annual payout requirement. Grant funds at your own pace, however you choose. Subject to a 5% annual grant payout.
Privacy Choose whether to gift publicly or anonymously. No anonymity option.