Comparison of Donor Advised Funds and Private Foundations

If you are looking for a highly personal way of giving, without all of the guidelines, responsibilities, and costs that come along with establishing and maintaining a private foundation, then a Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation is the right charitable choice for you.


Benefits of a Community Foundation Donor-Advised Fund

  • Immediate charitable income tax deduction for all gifts to the fund
  • An opportunity to support local, national or international qualifying organizations
  • Flexibility, gifts can be accepted, and grants can be authorized, at any time
  • Recognition or anonymity - you choose
  • Professional staff to assist you at any time
  • Knowledge and evaluation of charitable organizations
  • Monitoring the progress of each grant made by the fund
  • Involving the next generation, if any, or if desided, in philanthropy
  • No tax record keeping, administrative burdens or excessive costs
  • Professional management of investments
  • Permanent fund to sustain your charitable interests after you lifetime


View our full Comparison of Private Foundations and A Community Foundation Donor-Advised Fund for more information.