Donor-advised funds (DAFs) and private foundations are both charitable giving vehicles that help people facilitate their philanthropic goals. However, with different structures, rules, and features, donor-advised funds and private foundations each come with unique advantages and limitations. Therefore, it’s essential to analyze your circumstances and preferences to select the method that will best suit you. Below is a table that addresses some distinguishing considerations in order to help compare the two approaches.
Are assets or investments that you've held for more than one year. Ex. stocks, bonds, and real estate.
Are assets or investments that you've held for more than one year. Ex. stocks, bonds and real estate.
Ex: churches, religious institutions, animal welfare agencies, and educational organizations
After reviewing some of the advantages and disadvantages, some of the broadest differentiating factors include financial commitment, time commitment, and the need for control over operations. Both approaches to philanthropic work are great, and each can have value for different circumstances and desires.
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