Open a Donor-advised Fund (DAF)

The Tsai/Hsu Family, DAF holders since 2019

What is a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)?

A Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is a charitable giving account established at a community foundation or a financial institution. 

They are accessible to individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of age, income, or giving capacity. You can easily leverage a DAF to support organizations and causes that matter to you, both in your community and on a broader scale, and help them achieve impact.


How Does a DAF Work?

Make a donation
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Get a tax deduction
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Watch your donation investments grow
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Select charities to give grants

Make a donation to open your DAF

Get an immediate tax deduction every time you contribute to your DAF

Watch your donation investments grow, tax free

Select charities and recommend grants based on your chosen schedule


What are the Benefits of a DAF?

  • DAFs are able to accept charitable donations of cash, securities, and many other types of assets.
  • You can recommend grants to your favorite charities at your convenience online.

Amplifying your philanthropy through a DAF is possible regardless of your age or financial status. Whatever chapter of life you’re in, a DAF offers flexibility, financial benefits, and a pathway to making a meaningful impact.

Why LAMVCF is the Right Home for Your DAF

Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation, might be the ideal choice for your giving strategy.

  • We provide deep local knowledge and access to a wide expert network.
  • We offer personalized advice, not a generic 800 number.
  • We reinvest our fees back into community growth and well-being.
  • We take care of the paperwork so you don’t have to.
  • We regularly convene conversations with like-minded donors & experts.

Comparison of DAF Providers

COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS, such as LAMVCF

LARGE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

ONLINE
DAF APPS

Expertise

Specialized in community giving

Financial services

DAF management

LOCAL IMPACT

Direct support for local causes

Varies by institution

Varies by app

FEES

Invested in the local community

Goes to institution bottom linne

Varies by app

PERSONAL

GUIDANCE

Local philanthropic experts

Financial advisors

Limited or automated

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS

Connect with like-minded donors

Limited networking

Limited networking

FLEXIBILITY

Tailored to local needs

Varies by app

Limited or automated

LOCAL
KNOWLEDGE

In-depth knowledge of our community

May lack local insight

Limited local insight

 

Let’s chat about your charitable goals. There’s no obligation. We’re just passionate about helping people with their local giving. 

 

We selected LAMVCF for our DAF because they‘re more than just an organization; they are the heartbeat of our community. With LAMVCF, it‘s not just about giving money; it‘s about investing in the place we call home — and they make it easy to do so. We can all turn hope into change, one charitable act at a time.”

THE IVERSON FAMILY
The Iverson Family

Join many of your neighbors who have pledged to help keep our community vibrant — now and into the future — by setting up a Donor-Advised Fund at LAMVCF.

 

The IRS recognizes Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization bearing Federal Tax ID 77-0273721. All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. No goods or services were given in consideration for this contribution unless expressly noted. Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation has exclusive legal control over assets donated to advised funds.