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Support teachers across the US with your donor-advised fund(DAF)

Using donor-advised funds on DonorsChoose will allow you to combine favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support a classroom now or later.

DonorsChoose is the #1 classroom funding site for teachers. See how DonorsChoose works

How can I use my donor-advised fund?

To best meet the needs of our DAF donors, we provide two options to flexibly give using a DAF.

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Every DAF contribution can take a while to get processed (up to 10 days!). So our DAF donors appreciate account credits to timely meet match days, and support classrooms before their funding goal is met.

We support all donor-advised funds!

DonorsChoose works with all major DAFs. If you're ready to get started, you can follow our step-by-step guide or contact our Donor Relationships Manager below!

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...and more!

Questions about donor-advised funds

  • What is a donor-advised fund? A donor-advised fund (DAF) provides donors with a centralized charitable giving vehicle. Through a donor-advised fund, you can allocate a charitable gift each year and take an immediate tax deduction. Commonly used donor-advised funds include Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, Vanguard Charitable, National Philanthropic Trust, and BNY Mellon, among many others.
  • I donated to a project or purchased account credits through my DAF, when will I see that donation on the site? We will allocate your donation in the way you selected as soon as we receive the funds from your DAF. Typically, most DAF checks are processed within 10 days of receipt.
  • What if the project I'm funding is completed before my donation is received? We'll notify you and deposit your donation into your account as account credits, so that you can support another classroom of your choice.
  • Can you expedite my donation? In many cases, yes! Once you have made your recommendation to your donor-advised fund, send proof of your DAF recommendation (such as a screenshot or downloaded PDF of the confirmation page from the DAF portal) to daf@donorschoose.org to expedite the process.
  • What information do I need to provide to make a recommendation to my DAF? To recommend a donation to your donor-advised fund, you'll need:
    Your Donation ID - which you'll receive once you've placed your donation on DonorsChoose. Include this in your recommendation to your DAF, so they can include it in the memo line on the check they send to us

    Mailing address (not our physical address):
    DonorsChoose.Org
    Mail Code: 6656, P.O. Box 7247
    Philadelphia, PA 19170-66562
  • Can I receive an additional tax credit from DonorsChoose for my donation made using my donor-advised fund? Donations made to DonorsChoose through a donor-advised fund are not tax deductible, as the tax credit is given when donating funds into a donor-advised fund. You will not see tax wording on your receipt after we receive payment.

Need more information?

We'd love to chat! Contact our Donor Relations Manager.

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Thank you for helping teachers thrive, and for your part in building a more equitable future for students across America. DonorsChoose is the place where you can make a tangible difference for teachers and students, no matter what learning looks like in the year ahead. My team and I are here to help you with any questions.

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Di Zhao
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dzhao@donorschoose.org | 212.239.3615, ext. 264