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What is a Donor-Advised Fund?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) at San Diego Foundation acts as a charitable giving account for you and your family.

Contribute an initial gift of cash, stock, or other assets to open your DAF and receive an immediate tax deduction. Your charitable assets are invested, creating the potential for you to give more over time.

When you’re ready, you can recommend grants from your fund to support your favorite community initiatives and nonprofit organizations.

We provide administrative support and decades of community expertise to help you maximize your charitable giving and respond to critical, emerging needs in the region.

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Benefits of Donor-Advised Funds

DAFs have become one of the most used tools in philanthropy today to maximize the impact of charitable dollars. Giving through your DAF provides the following benefits:

  • Contribute the assets you want to give to your fund, including cash, stock, or complex assets like mutual funds, real estate and more, and receive optimal tax benefits that calendar year.
  • Donate appreciated securities to avoid capital gains tax and leverage your contribution for a larger philanthropic impact while also securing a better tax break.
  • Leverage our investment expertise to grow your charitable assets over time and strengthen your grantmaking and social good power.
  • Actively engage in your grantmaking to support community initiatives and nonprofit organizations when you are ready.
  • Opt for privacy by giving anonymously to the causes you care about if you do not want to be identified publicly.
  • Connect with charitably minded peers to build lasting relationships through the largest community foundation donor network in the region.
  • Access our experienced Giving Team to learn about community needs, regional challenges and impactful nonprofit organizations to guide your grantmaking.
  • Receive world-class philanthropy tailored to your unique needs and interests.
  • Simplify your giving by utilizing our team to process your grants, maintain historical records of your philanthropy, and provide regular fund statements to make tax reporting as seamless as possible.
  • Engage your family in philanthropy to instill lifelong charitable values in younger relatives and set up a framework for multi-generational giving that honors your charitable legacy.

Donor-Advised Funds vs. Private Foundations

While private foundations are powerful giving vehicles for individuals and families, starting and maintaining them can be challenging.

Through a DAF, you receive the benefits of a private foundation with less overhead, improved tax deductions, increased grant flexibility and access to local giving experts.

Consider a DAF your Private Foundation Solution. If you already have a private foundation, our Giving Team can help you convert it to a DAF.

Learn hw DAFs are the Private Foundation Solution

Frequently Asked Questions

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Essential Guide to Donor-Advised Funds

DAFs can be one of the best ways to give back to your community and help others. The Essential Guide to Donor-Advised Funds helps you better understand DAFs, their impact and the benefits they can provide for you or your family.

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Connect with our Giving Team

Your philanthropy is personal, and we are here to help you by delivering world-class service and promptly responding to your needs.

Our experienced staff understands the technical complexities of charitable giving and helps simplify the process. We are your personal support team here to help you manage your fund(s) and give confidently.

Contact us at (619) 814-1332, email us or submit a Contact Form.

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