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Build Your Philanthropic Legacy: Invest in Brooklyn

“A Donor Advised Fund is an effective way for us to budget and plan our annual giving.”

—Susannah Taylor and Phillip Marriott
Brooklyn Community Foundation Donor Advisors


Every April—thanks to the tax deadline—we look back and assess the past year, including the tools used for our charitable giving.

One way you can make a lasting impact and reduce your tax burden is with a Donor Advised Fund, a highly effective tool for investing in nonprofit organizations in Brooklyn and around the nation.

Your Fund, Your Choices

Our Donor Advised Fund (DAF) program enables you to take full advantage of the charitable giving allowances from the new tax code to maximize the impact of your giving.

You determine where you do your giving, and you can give at your own pace—with a flexibility that allows you to plan your giving years in advance and build a philanthropic legacy. 

Tax Benefits of a Donor Advised Fund

As you may know, the new tax code instituted at the end of 2017 raised the standard deduction for both individual tax payers and joint filers, causing many to rethink how they execute their charitable giving. One solution is to bundle your giving through a Donor Advised Fund.

By “bundling” several years’ worth of donations into a single large contribution to your DAF, you can surpass the standard deduction. You then have the ability to allocate your giving over the timeline that best suits you.

You can also donate appreciated stock to a DAF to offset capital gains taxes.

Opening a DAF takes less than a day, and as soon as you open your DAF, you’ll receive a tax deduction!

Strengthen Your Impact Today

As a Donor Advised Fund holder, you have the opportunity to build a lasting source of support for the causes and charitable organizations that you care about. Plus, we relieve all of the administrative work: you make the decisions and we handle the rest.

We serve as the link between you and your chosen gift recipient—we conduct due diligence, generate the award letter, and send the check directly to the nonprofit of your choice.

To learn more about our Donor Advised Fund program, connect with our Donor Services team. Email Damaris Dias, Manager of Donor Services at ddias@brooklyncommunityfoundation.org or call 718-480-7507.

Damaris Dias

Manager of Donor Services
By “bundling” several years’ worth of donations into a single large contribution to your DAF, you can surpass the standard deduction. You then have the ability to allocate your giving over the timeline that best suits you.