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Giving With a Donor-Advised Fund

What is a donor-advised fund?

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a giving tool that allows you to easily make gifts to the charitable organization of your choice online, and take an immediate tax deduction for the contribution. By setting up a donor-advised fund, DAF Direct allows you to make gifts to Rush directly. Get started by clicking this link:

Create your DAF online

How does DAF work?

  • Establish your donor-advised fund by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program.
  • Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free) .
  • Recommend gifts to qualified public charities of your choice, such as Rush. You can chose to be recognized or remain anonymous.

Why should I create a DAF?

  • Simplicity – The DAF sponsor handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts.
  • Flexibility – Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making.
  • Tax-efficiency – Contributions are tax-deductible and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. It is also easy to donate long-term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support multiple charities from one block of stock.
  • Family legacy – A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy.

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