A donor advised fund (DAF) is like a charitable savings account that allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit, and then recommend grants to the George Washington University and other qualified charities over time.

Give, invest, grant

The George Washington University has its own donor advised fund in partnership with BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund. Learn more by downloading our information sheet or by visiting our George Washington University Donor Advised Fund website.

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You can also create a lasting legacy by naming the George Washington University the beneficiary of the entire account or a percentage of the fund. With a percentage, you can create a family legacy of giving by naming your loved ones as your successor to continue recommending grants to charitable organizations. Contact your fund administrator for a beneficiary form.

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Doing Good with DAFs

Happy couple calculating donations Joe and Laura want to give back to their hometown by putting their money where it will do the most good. They establish a $25,000 donor advised fund with a community foundation.

The couple receives a federal income tax charitable deduction for the amount of the gift. They also get the time they need to decide which charities to support.

After researching community needs with the foundation’s staff, Joe and Laura recommend grants for GW (which they’ve supported for years) and a local animal shelter. The foundation presents the charities with checks from the Patricia Fund, which Joe and Laura named in honor of Laura’s mother. They name GW as the beneficiary to receive the account balance after their lifetimes. Joe and Laura are delighted to start this personal legacy of giving.

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Next Steps

  1. If you are interested in setting up a George Washington University donor advised fund, download our information sheet. If you already have a donor advised fund and are interested in giving a grant to GW, use our tool Take Action! Visit Your Fund to connect.
  2. Contact Adam Lewis at 202-994-7657 or aslewis@gwu.edu to discuss using your donor advised funds to support GW and our mission.
  3. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  4. If you include GW in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: the George Washington University
Address: 1922 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
Federal tax ID number: 53-0196584