Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) have quickly become one of America’s most popular tools for charitable giving. DAFs are like your own private foundation without any of the administrative red tape. One of the simplest ways to give real estate, stocks, mutual funds, or commodities, DAFs offer an immediate tax deduction for the market value of your donation, but also allow you time to decide when you want to give.

Once you contribute to your DAF, the funds are invested, potentially growing over time. Then, you have the privilege of directing grants to your favorite charitable organizations, like Denver Rescue Mission. If you have already established a DAF, you can begin the process of directing a grant to the Mission by clicking on the button below. If you’d like more information about setting up a DAF, please scroll down to learn more.

Where Do You Get Started?

Benefits of a Donor-Advised Fund:

Tax Benefits

When you contribute to a DAF, you receive an immediate tax deduction, which can be incredibly advantageous for your financial planning.

Simplified Giving

A DAF streamlines the giving process, making it easy and efficient to support multiple charitable causes without the hassle of managing multiple donations.

Privacy and Flexibility

With the flexibility of anonymous giving, a DAF allows you to support the Mission while maintaining your privacy. You also have the freedom to recommend grants whenever it’s most meaningful to you.

Investment Growth

Your contributions can grow through investments, allowing you to give more to the causes you’re passionate about.

Cost Effective

A DAF is a simpler and less expensive option compared to establishing a private foundation for those who wish to manage their charitable giving.

Long-Term Planning

A DAF allows you to establish a giving strategy that extends beyond your lifetime. You can designate beneficiaries who will continue your philanthropic legacy in the future.

An infographic from DAF Direct. Supporting Charities With a Donor-Advised Fund. How it works: 1) Donations: a donor makes an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a donor advised fund program. *Minimum contributions vary by sponsoring charity. 2) Investments: the donor may advise the investment allocation of the donated assets—any investment growth is tax free. *Investment options vary by sponsoring charity. 3) Grants: the donor may recommend grants to qualified public charities of their choice. *Grants are made at the discretion of the sponsoring charity.

*Graphic from DAF Direct.

Popular Donor-Advised Funds:

Wondering which Donor-Advised Fund to choose? Here are some popular ones that our supporters often use:

  • Denver Foundation
  • National Christian Foundation
  • Fidelity Charitable
  • Schwab Charitable
  • Vanguard Charitable
  • National Philanthropic Trust

If you already have a Donor-Advised Fund with one of these providers, making a gift to Denver Rescue Mission is as simple as recommending a grant to us.

Ready to Make a Difference? Create a Donor-Advised Fund Today:

Don’t have a Donor-Advised Fund yet? No worries! You can easily create one and start your journey of meaningful giving. Contact us for more information.

Or connect with our friends at Orchard Alliance to find more resources to help.

Your commitment to positive change means the world to us. With your support, we can continue to provide vital services and make a lasting impact on the lives of the less fortunate in our community.