About Donor Advised Funds

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Do you want the most flexibility in your grantmaking? A DCF Donor Advised Fund may be the best vehicle for you, allowing you to make grants to public 501(c)3 charities, churches, and other qualified organizations.

A donor advised fund is a tax-free charitable fund for the sole purpose of supporting charities you care about forever, while also typically granting you tax benefits.

In addition to managing your fund, our team can help you make your grants as powerful as possible by leveraging our knowledge of Delaware and opportunities to effectively address its most critical challenges.

The DCF is committed to Delaware. You can be confident that the DCF will be here to honor and protect your charitable wishes in perpetuity.

How a Donor Advised Fund Works



Open the fund with an initial gift to the DCF of $25,000 or more in cash or other assets – such as appreciated stock, mutual funds or real estate – and add to it at any time. Most establishing gifts are tax deductible.


Assets in to a DAF grow tax-free. Choose from our investment pools or ask about ways to keep your personal financial advisor involved.


Make grants from the fund. Consult with the DCF at any time to help you decide which charities to support. Grants may be kept anonymous to protect your privacy.

Support Charities and Causes You Care About With a Donor Advised Fund

  • You can add to your fund at any time to take advantage of additional tax benefits while increasing the amount available for grants.
  • The DCF handles all the administrative requirements of the fund, from investments to paperwork.
  • Name the fund for yourself, your family, your business, or for the legacy you wish to create. 
  • Plan for the future by working with the DCF to design a succession plan for your fund, defining how it is to be used after you are gone.

How Delaware Community Foundation Can Help

 Our team members are skilled in working with donors who have complex charitable objectives and planning needs. We help donors maximize the impact of their charitable giving by leveraging our community knowledge and relationships.

Ready to get started?

For a one-on-one consultation, please contact Mike DiPaolo, 302.335.6933, or complete the form below:

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