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

Using a donor-advised fund to give on DonorsChoose allows you to combine favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support a classroom now or later.

DonorsChoose is the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers. See how DonorsChoose works.

How can I use my donor-advised fund?

We provide two options that offer flexibility to donors when giving with a donor-advised fund.


Every donor-advised fund contribution can take a while to get processed (up to 10 days!). Our donor-advised fund donors appreciate that account credits allow them to contribute on match days in a timely fashion, and support classrooms before their funding goal is met.

We support all donor-advised funds!

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

  • Fidelity Charitable Logo
  • Vanguard Charitable Logo
  • Schwab Charitable Logo
  • BNY Mellon Logo
  • National Philanthropic Trust Logo

...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 donor-advised fund, 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 donor-advised fund. Typically, most donor-advised fund 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.
  • Are there other ways to give? Yes! Check out our Ways to Give page for additional information.
  • Why choose donor-advised funds? Along with the tax benefits, donor-advised funds grow over time, leaving you with more to contribute to the classrooms you care about most.
  • Can you expedite my donation? In many cases, yes! Once you have made your recommendation to your donor-advised fund, send proof of your donor-advised fund recommendation (such as a screenshot or downloaded PDF of the confirmation page from the donor-advised fund portal) to to expedite the process.
  • What information do I need to provide to make a recommendation to my donor-advised fund? 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 donor-advised fund, so they can include it in the memo line on the check they send to us

    Mailing address (not our physical address):
    Mail Code: 6656, P.O. Box 7247
    Philadelphia, PA 19170-6656
  • 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 Relationships Team.

DonorsChoose is the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

As a teacher-founded nonprofit, we're trusted by thousands of teachers and supporters across the country.

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We're here to help!

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.

We have a team of folks ready to help you make an impact on classrooms with your a gift from your donor-advised fund. For direct support, please email us at, or leave us a voicemail at 646.586.5306 ext. 202.