Who's Eligible to Donate?

Each Donor Advised Fund (“DAF”) may accept contributions from individuals, trusts, estates and others. The DAF may also accept contributions from other donor-advised funds and private foundations, although such donations are not tax deductible by the Donor.

Generally Acceptable Contributions

  • Cash
  • Stocks
  • Mutual funds
  • Certain restricted securities or privately held stock
  • Real estate
  • Tradable municipal bonds
  • Pre-IPO shares
  • C or S Corp stock
  • LLC & LP interests
  • Cash value of life insurance
  • Annuities
  • Other DAF or private foundations

Learn more about Gifting with Non-Cash Assets

A minimum initial donation of $10,000 is required, after which subsequent minimum donations of $1,000 may be made. Contributions other than cash, stocks or mutual funds may have different minimums, may require prequalification, involve longer processing time and are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please check with Eaton Vance on acceptable contributions and minimums. Clients should consult with their legal and tax advisors prior to making a gift.

Generate an Immediate Income Tax Deduction

Individual donors are eligible for an immediate itemized income tax deduction for their contributions. Donors can get the benefit of a deduction in the same year they make a gift but can take their time planning grant recommendations.

Diversify Concentrated Holdings1

Individuals who are charitably inclined and who own a highly concentrated position in one security can diversify their assets, potentially grow their assets in a DAF and provide more for charity.

Avoid Capital Gains Taxes

Gifts of long-term appreciated securities avoid capital gains taxes and may receive a deduction based on their market value (subject to limits).

Avoid Estate Taxes

Assets contributed to the DAF will be removed from the value of your estate for federal estate tax purposes and will avoid probate.

1 Diversification cannot assure a profit or protect against loss.

Tax law is subject to change. Consult your tax advisor to review your personal situation and tax law applicable at the time of your contribution.

Investment Options

Investment Options

Potential for Growth, Benefiting More Charities

Because a DAF is setup as a 501(c)(3) charity, contributions made to a DAF account are not subject to capital gains tax. Contributions are sold immediately and reinvested in one of the five investment options. Any growth in the account is tax-free, which means more gifts can be distributed to your favorite charities down the road.

Potentially Benefit from Quality Money Management

You can seek growth potential of your gift by investing in one of the Trust’s Investment Funds (“Investment Funds”), which are managed by professionals at Eaton Vance and its affiliates. You can also seek preservation of principal in an Investment Fund.

All information herein is qualified by the Trust’s Gifting Booklet, which contains more details (including annual fees).

Investment Options

Five professionally managed Investment Funds are available, each with different objectives and risk/reward profiles. All are invested in mutual funds registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and composed solely of DAF assets. You may allocate contributions among the five Investment Funds. Transfers among Investment Funds are permitted, with approval by the Board of Directors. Please review the Donor Advised Fund Performance Report for underlying investment pool information. The current Investment Funds are:

  • Growth Fund: The Growth Fund seeks long-term capital growth by investing primarily in common stocks, including U.S., developed international and emerging market equities. The Growth Fund has the highest potential for long-term appreciation (and depreciation) of the five available Investment Funds.
  • Growth & Income Fund: The Growth & Income Fund seeks total return by investing primarily in income-producing equity securities and investment-grade debt obligations. The Growth & Income Fund invests in a mix of U.S., international and emerging market equities, investment grade debt and below investment grade debt obligations. The Growth & Income Fund seeks to realize both capital appreciation and current income.
  • Income Fund: The Income Fund seeks current income from a variety of debt and other income-producing securities, including global equities. The Income Fund’s principal value will fluctuate.
  • Gift Preservation Fund: The Gift Preservation Fund invests primarily in debt securities with low interest-rate risk. The Gift Preservation Fund is not a money market fund and has principal risk.
  • Cash Management Fund: The Cash Management Fund invests in institutional shares of BlackRock Treasury Trust Fund, an unaffiliated money market fund; however, the Cash Management Fund is not a money market fund and has principal risk. The rate of income for the Cash Management Fund will vary, generally reflecting prevailing short-term money market interest rates minus fund expenses. If expenses of the Cash Management Fund are greater than the interest earned, your Donor Account may lose principal. An investment in the Cash Management Fund is not a deposit in a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency, and it is possible to lose money by investing in the Cash Management Fund.

Investment Adviser

Eaton Vance Management has provided professional investment management services since 1924 and is a recognized leader in tax-sensitive investment strategies. The company sells its products exclusively through financial advisors.




Donors and Donor Advisors may recommend grants of $100 or more at any time to qualified U.S. charities.

Online Access

Grants can be made online through the My Charitable Fund website or with a grant recommendation form.

Customized Grants

After approval, a grant check accompanying a letter will be sent to the recipient organization. The letter is personalized per the Donor's instructions and can also have a special purpose noted, such as “In honor of or in memory of …”

  • Full Disclosure – Will provide the name of the individual(s) named as Donor Advisor(s) and their mailing address
  • Partial Disclosure – Will provide only the account name of the Donor Advised Fund (e.g., “The Williams Charitable Fund”)
  • Anonymity – Will not disclose any donor information with the grant and only have information that the gift came from The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust

No Maximum Number of Grants

There are no restrictions on maximum number of grants that can be recommended in any given time period.

No Annual Grant Requirement

Generally, the Trust intends to make aggregate grants of a minimum of 5% of the Trust’s average net assets per year. If this benchmark is not met in a given year, the Trust may contact Donors, Donor Advisors and Successor Donor Advisors, if acting, whose DAF accounts have not made grants of at least 5% of the DAF account’s net assets, and provide them with the opportunity to recommend grants of such amounts so that the DAF account will have made grants totaling at least 5% of its value.

No Minimum Balance Requirement

There is no minimum balance required to maintain a DAF account, but if a Donor’s account falls below the minimum grant size, the Trustee may request the Donor to make a final grant recommendation or additional contributions.

Recurring Grant Option

Once you have recommended a grant, you can easily set the frequency of recurring gifts to be made to that charity. The grants will be made automatically on your designated time frame (monthly, quarterly, annually) and a confirmation will be sent to you for notification.



Upfront Charitable Deduction

Donors are eligible for an immediate income tax deduction today for their contributions but do not have to decide where grants are distributed until at a later time.

Potential for Gifts to Grow Over Time

Assets may be invested in a combination of the five Investment Funds with different investment objectives and have the potential to grow tax-free, meaning more can be gifted down the road to charities.

Support Charities on Your Timetable

You can decide when and how much to give to charities anytime down the road as long as they are IRS-qualified public charities, and gifts are not used for any private benefits.

Successor Options

Upon the passing of the Donor Advisor(s), the remaining principal can be left for you to start a legacy, whether by naming a Successor Donor Advisor, gifting outright to up to 10 of your favorite charities or leaving an endowment to your favorite charities (the latter two are subject to review and approval by the Board of Directors, other requirements may need to be met). A combination of the three choices may be utilized and changed anytime down the road.

Naming a Successor Donor Advisor

You may designate Successor Donor Advisor(s) to direct and recommend gifts to charitable organizations over time from the remainder of your DAF account. Successor Donor Advisors may also name a successor or someone in the next generation to take over after the Donor has passed away.

Supporting Your Favorite Charities

You may designate up to 10 different charities to receive grants from the remainder of your DAF account.

Leave an Endowment for Your Charities

You may leave an endowment for your favorite charities by distributing a percentage or annual grant amount over time until the DAF account has been depleted. This leaves a long-lasting gifting legacy to your charities over time.

Create a Philanthropic Tradition

Designate as many generations of successor Donor Advisors to your DAF account as you desire. This allows you to establish a philanthropic tradition for many years to come for your children or other important people in your life.

Enjoy Low Costs and Virtually No Paperwork

DAF account costs nothing to establish and no out-of-pocket expenses are required for account maintenance. There are no additional legal fees to establish a Donor Advised Fund. The Fund's Administrator handles all of the record keeping and sends contribution confirmations that include the Administrator’s calculation of the associated income tax deduction.



Virtually No Paperwork

The Administrator handles all of the record keeping and sends contribution confirmations that include the Administrator’s calculation of the associated income tax deduction.

Online Account Access

Access your Donor Advised Fund account through the My Charitable Fund website. Online access provides you with the ease and flexibility to submit grant recommendations electronically, view your account balances at your convenience, check the status of grants and track additional contributions. Forms and contact information are also available.

Acknowledgement of Contributions

All contributions have written acknowledgement mailed within five business days of processing. Contribution acknowledgements serve as your tax receipts.

Quarterly Statements

Statements are issued quarterly, reporting earnings and the account balance for the period. Online access through My Charitable Fund website will allow you to view your account balances at your convenience.

Quarterly Newsletter

The Philanthropist is a quarterly publication provided by The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust. In each issue, we will provide valuable information, highlighting current news and resources about gifting.