What are Donor-Advised Funds (DAF)?

A simple, flexible, and tax-advantageous way to give.

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a charitable investment account designed for supporting the charitable causes you care about. You can usually get an immediate tax deduction when you contribute money, stocks, or other assets to a DAF with a public charity (e.g., Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, National Philanthropic Trust, or Schwab Charitable Fund, etc.). The contributed funds can then be invested to grow tax-free, and you have the flexibility to recommend grants to an eligible charitable organization, such as The Art League.

In essence, DAFs make charitable giving efficient and tax-friendly. They are increasingly popular in the United States due to their simplicity and tax advantages. DAFs now take in approximately 22% of all U.S. individual charitable giving. Because taxpayers subsidize DAF contributions through charitable tax deductions, we all have a vested interest in ensuring that the money stored in DAFs is actively deployed for the greater good.

How a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) Works:

  • GIVE:  Make a tax-deductible donation by setting up a Giving Account and contributing cash, stocks, or other assets. This step ensures an immediate tax deduction, and the donated funds are committed to charity.
  • GROW:  Your donation can grow tax-free while you decide which charities to support. Various investment options are available.
  • GRANT:  Recommend grants to support your chosen charities. The DAF allows you to donate to any IRS-qualified public charity and the sponsoring organization ensures the funds are used for charitable purposes. The Giving Account provides a flexible way to support charities at your preferred pace.


Already have a DAF?

Consider naming The Art League as a beneficiary of your fund or designate a grant today to maximize your impact and support the League’s mission:

  • Log in to your DAF portal or contact your fund administrator.
    Recommend a single or recurring gift to The Art League.
    and/or
  • List The Art League as a beneficiary when you open a new DAF or later.
    Contact your fund administrator for assistance.
    then
  • Put Your Fund to Action…
    Contact our development office to explore using your fund to support The Art League’s mission.
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 703-519-1741

    Legal Name: The Art League, Inc.
    Address: 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
    EIN/Tax I.D. Number: 54-0833818
    Tax Exempt: 501(c)3
    NTEE Code: A25 Arts Education
    Incorporated in Alexandria, Virginia
    Brokerage: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.  (800-435-4000)
    Charity Non-Profit Acct: 3452-3683
    DTC Number: 0164

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