Harness the Giving Power of a Private Foundation—Without the Complexity

Donor Advised Funds

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Are you looking for an easy, cost-effective way to support The Wilderness Society and other causes you love? A donor advised fund, which is like a savings account for your charitable giving, may be the right choice for you.

Here's how it works: You transfer cash or other assets to a tax-exempt sponsoring organization such as a public foundation. You can then recommend — but not direct — how much and how often money is granted to The Wilderness Society or other charities — sometimes as easily as using a Web portal. And you avoid the cost and complexities of managing a private foundation.

What do you receive in return? An immediate federal income tax charitable deduction at the time you contribute to the account and the power to recommend which charities to support whenever you want. You also enjoy the added benefit of being able to make a large tax deductable gift to a Donor Advised Fund without having to choose the beneficiary or recommend a distribution right away. Additionally, you centralize your giving and record-keeping in one location. And maybe best of all, you can start a legacy of giving by letting your children help decide which grants to recommend.

Check Out This Potential Scenario

Happy familyLaura and Joe have supported The Wilderness Society for a long time, and they've also decided to support a small organization in their community. Though, they want to receive a tax deduction now, they aren’t yet sure which other organizations they want to support. So Joe and Laura establish a $50,000 donor advised fund with a community foundation. This way, the couple receives a federal income tax charitable deduction now for the amount of their gift, and they can take their time in deciding which recommendations to make.

After researching community needs with the foundation's staff, Laura and Joe recommend grants for The Wilderness Society (which they've supported for years) and their local animal shelter. The foundation presents these charities with the gifts that Laura and Joe have recommended, and the couple is delighted to start their personal legacy of giving.

Learn How to Fund It

Create a donor advised fund with one of the following assets:

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Next Steps

  1. Evaluate a sponsoring organization to make sure it supports your interests, values, and the type of asset you are considering as a funding source.
  2. Get to know the organization's policies and procedures — from minimum contributions to administrative fees. Each organization handles these details differently.
  3. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  4. Contact us at 1-888-736-4897 or giftplanning@tws.org to discuss using donor advised funds to support The Wilderness Society.
  5. Please consider including The Wilderness Society in your estate plans. Here is our legal name and federal tax ID for you to share with your advisor:

    Legal Name: The Wilderness Society
    Address: 1615 M Street, NW, Washington, DC  20036
    Federal Tax ID Number: 53-0167933