Private Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds: A Side-by-Side Comparison


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In looking to create a charitable vehicle, you may be considering whether to establish a private foundation or a donor-advised fund (DAF). At the most basic level, the difference between a DAF and a private foundation is control. A private foundation is a freestanding legal entity over which the donor retains complete control. A donor-advised fund is a giving account within a sponsoring charitable organization. The donor makes recommendation as to how those funds are invested and granted out, but the sponsoring organization must give its approval. Click the button below to learn more:

• Comparison of tax advantages
• Comparison of philanthropic options
• Comparison of investment/asset management options
• Organizational differences


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