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Donor Advised Funds

A donor advised fund at Stanford may help you realize your philanthropic goals. A Stanford donor advised fund combines the flexibility of a private foundation with the tax advantages of a public charity. This kind of fund allows you to have your gift invested with a quality investment management team while you consider the purposes that you would like the fund to support.

How Does It Work?

  • You make a tax-deductible gift of $1 million or more to Stanford to establish a donor advised fund now and later advise how you would like the university to use the gift. Your gift may be cash, securities, or other more complex assets.
  • While you consider what you would like your donor advised fund to support, the donor advised fund can be invested with the Stanford endowment, which is managed by the Stanford Management Company.
  • Generally, half of your gift must be designated to Stanford. The other half may be used to support other charities. You will have advisory privileges and may recommend distributions to Stanford or other qualified charities.
  • You also may use a donor advised fund to continue your family's philanthropy into the next generation. A donor advised fund may be established through a bequest, naming your children or others to be the fund advisors.

Contact Us

To learn more about establishing a donor advised fund at Stanford, please contact us. We would be happy to provide you with information about how a donor advised fund would work for you based on your circumstances.

Those considering a planned gift should consult their own legal and tax advisors. The staff in the Office of Planned Giving are happy to speak with advisors as well.

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