Harness the Giving Power of a Private Foundation—Without the Complexity
Donor Advised Funds
Are you looking for a cost-effective way to support Stanford University School of Medicine or Stanford Health Care and other causes you love? A donor advised fund, which is like a charitable savings account, may be the right choice for you.
Here's how it works. You transfer cash or other assets to a tax-exempt sponsoring organization such as a public foundation. You can then recommend—but not direct—how much and how often money is granted to the School of Medicine or Stanford Health Care or other charities—sometimes as easily as using a Web portal. And you avoid the cost and complexities of managing a private foundation.
You qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction at the time you contribute to the account, and the power to make recommendations on which charities to support whenever you want. You centralize your giving and record-keeping in one location. And maybe best of all, you can start a legacy of giving by letting your children help decide which grants to recommend.
Check Out This Potential Scenario
Joe and Laura want to give back to their hometown by putting their money where it will do the most good. They establish a $25,000 donor advised fund with a community foundation. The couple receives a federal income tax charitable deduction for the amount of the gift. They also get all the time they need to decide which charities to support. After researching community needs with the foundation's staff, Joe and Laura recommend grants for the School of Medicine or Stanford Health Care (which they've supported for years) and the Animal Rescue League. The foundation presents the charities with checks from the Megan Fund, which Joe and Laura named in honor of their granddaughter. Joe and Laura are delighted to start this personal legacy of giving.
- Evaluate a sponsoring organization to make sure it supports your interests, values and the type of asset you are considering as a funding source.
- Get to know the organization's policies and procedures-from minimum contributions to administrative fees. Each organization handles these details differently.
- Contact Jamie Downes, Carol Kersten or Wendy Chou at 650.723.6560 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss using donor advised funds to support the School of Medicine or Stanford Health Care and our mission.
- Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
- If you include the School of Medicine or Stanford Health Care in your plans, please use the appropriate legal name and Federal Tax ID.
Gifts to Stanford University School of Medicine:
Legal Name: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
Federal Tax ID Number: 94-1156365
Gifts to Stanford Health Care:
Legal Name: Stanford Health Care
Federal Tax ID Number: 94-6174066
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