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Donor Advised Funds

DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS are funds in which you retain the right to make grant recommendations to charities of your choice. You can make distributions from both income and principal.

Donor Advised FundsHow Does It Work?

With a minimum gift of $5,000 to the Jewish Community Foundation, you can establish a donor-advised fund. You are entitled to an immediate income tax deduction in the year in which you create the fund and for later contributions to the fund.

You simply recommend distributions to any qualified public charities in the Jewish or general community. You are entitled to appoint successor advisors to make recommendations for distributions from the fund.

As an alternative to a private foundation, your donor-advised fund can include:

  • check writing
  • professional investment services
  • fiduciary services to ensure compliance with your charitable intent

What are the Benefits?

  • You can make contributions or recommend distributions from your fund at any time with no annual distribution requirement.
  • You receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction for gifts to the fund.
  • A fund created after the end of a good business year or from an unexpected windfall allows you to bank those surplus funds and spread gifts to your recommended charities over a period of years.
  • You avoid capital gains tax on contributions of appreciated assets.
  • Income and growth within the fund are tax-free.
  • In contrast to a private foundation, the fund does not have to file tax returns or pay an excise tax on investment income.

Related Links

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About Donor Advised Funds
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Downtown Series
Melton School


For more information about the Foundation, please contact Dan Brandeis, Jewish Community Foundation Director (412.992.5220 or dbrandeis@jfedpgh.org), or Sharon Perelman, Director of Planned Giving (412.992.5224 or sperelman@jfedpgh.org).

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