Donor Advised Funds (DAF)

Donor Advised Fund

Are you looking for an easy, cost-effective way to support Mater Dei High School's Monarch Legacy Endowment Fund and other causes you love? A donor advised fund (DAF), 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 Mater Dei High School or other charities—sometimes as easily as using a Web portal. And you avoid the cost and complexities of managing a private foundation.


In return, you receive an immediate 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.

Q: What's the difference between supporting Mater Dei through gifts from my checking account or a DAF? 
A: Checkbook giving is the default of the masses when it comes to charitable giving whereas giving through a DAF offers a strategic way of giving that increases tax savings and cash flow while promoting multi-generational giving.