“The growth of donor advised funds (DAFs) may be the biggest story in the charitable sector during the last decade,” according to planned giving consultant, Alan Cantor. What is a donor advised fund and why is it so popular?
With a donor advised fund, an individual, family, or corporation makes an irrevocable, tax-deductible contribution of cash, securities, or other property to WELS Foundation. At any time thereafter, the donor recommends distributions to qualified WELS ministries. The fund can be established with current gifts, deferred gifts (such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts), and testamentary gifts (such as wills, revocable trusts, or beneficiary designations for life insurance policies or retirement accounts).
What’s driving the growth of this type of gift? A donor advised fund provides an alternative to the private family foundation. You can accomplish many of the same goals, but with far less administrative work and expense. Some of the benefits include:
• Donor advised funds (DAFs) provide an income tax charitable deduction in the year of the gift to the DAF regardless of when distributions are made.
• As with all gifts of long-term appreciated securities, none of the appreciation is subject to capital gains tax.
• Donors enjoy the convenience of deciding when to contribute to the fund and when to make recommendations for distributions to ministry. They can give to the fund in the years when they have greatest tax liability.
• Donors enjoy encouraging family stewardship by involving children and other loved ones in the decision-making process for the grant recommendations.
• As with all gifts to ministry, there is joy in giving to the Lord and supporting areas of ministry close to your heart.