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Jacob O'Connell

posted Dec 05, by Jacob O'Connell

Unlocking Charitable Impact– A Brief Overview to Donor Advised Funds and Tax Deductions


In the realm of strategic financial planning, there are multiple tools that not only allow you to make a significant impact on causes you care about but also can help optimize your tax situation. For those interested in charitable giving, I have decided to write a series of brief posts regarding a few of these tools. The first tool I have decided to write about are Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), which can be used to strategically time donations from a brokerage account to any 501(C)(3) organization.

The Basics of Donor Advised Funds

A Donor Advised Fund is a versatile and tax-efficient vehicle for managing your charitable giving. What sets DAFs apart is the ability to receive an immediate tax deduction upon contribution, even if the charitable distribution happens at a later date. This strategic approach allows you to plan your giving strategically while reaping the benefits of tax optimization.

Key Benefits at a Glance

  1. Immediate Tax Deductions: Contributions to your DAF are tax-deductible in the year they are made. This can provide a large deduction in one given year and can provide a boost to your overall tax strategy.
  2. Flexible Giving: DAFs offer the freedom to time your charitable distributions. You can contribute to this fund when it is most advantageous from a tax perspective while being able to distribute the funds to your chosen charities over a timeframe that aligns with your financial plan.
  3. Investment Growth: One of the appealing aspects of a DAFs is their capacity to grow through investment. Once the funds are contributed, they can be strategically invested. You may see potential appreciation on these investments amplifying the impact of your charitable giving.
  4. Contribution of appreciated stock: By donating stock that has appreciated in value, you can sidestep capital gains tax that would have been incurred if you sold it. This allows you to avoid the burden while creating a tax deduction in the year you contribute. Once contributed to the DAF the stock can be sold a diversified into other investments.

    Optimize your tax situation while making an impact on causes you care about