One of the most popular charitable giving tools available, a donor advised fund with the Catholic Foundation can offer you a wealth of benefits.

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a simple yet efficient option for donors who want to consolidate their charitable giving and remain actively involved in how their gift is used. A DAF acts like a charitable savings account in which a donor contributes to the fund as frequently as they like and watches as their charitable investment grows tax-free. The donor receives immediate tax benefits and can give to their favorite charities whenever they are ready.

You can create a fund with as little as $5,000 and will receive a full charitable deduction for your gifts without having to make direct donations to multiple charities.

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Benefits of Creating A Donor Advised Fund


    • Immediate Benefits: Full charitable deduction for your gifts without having to make immediate donations to charities
    • Tax Efficient: Offset gains from asset sales, receipt of large bonuses/windfalls, or as part of estate tax planning
    • Customizable: Ability to name your fund — or give anonymously — without having to establish a Private Family Foundation
    • Central System: An efficient, consolidated online system for managing all of your charitable giving
    • Local Expertise: The Foundation prudently manages the fund, processes your grant requests and sends an annual summary of all your gifts for tax purpose
    • Catholic Values: Invested in accordance with the USCCB guidelines for socially Responsible Investments


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Existing Donor Advised Fund Stories

The Catholic Foundation is honored to support and sustain the future of Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries within Michigan.
Learn more about our partners and how donor-advised funds are helping create a lasting impact by reading their stories.


Catholic Donor Advised and Donor Designated Giving Transforms Family Philanthropy

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The “Connectivity Value” of a Catholic Foundation Fund

When Craig and Ann Stinson were beginning their journey with philanthropy, they sought out others who inspired them and could ...

“Her Mission in Life Was to Care for Others”

“Throughout her courageous four-year battle with cancer, Mary Sue never lost focus on her passion for the unborn and her ...

The Important Role of Donor Advised Funds

Many charitable individuals and families have set up donor advised funds. And during times like these, we all can be ...

DAF To Educate about Human Trafficking

This year, Greg and Phyllis DeMars used their Donor Advised Fund (DAF) with the Catholic Foundation in a unique way ...

Intentional, Straightforward Giving with a DAF

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Receive a Complimentary Catholic Gift Planning Workbook

The Catholic Foundation is pleased to provide a faithful planned giving guide.  This helpful booklet was created to assist you and your loved ones as you begin the process of planning for your future.  As a discernment tool, it will help you gather information, think about how to use your estate plan to provide for your loved ones and support the faithful causes you care about.

“Out of our common todays and yesterdays, we are building for eternity.”
St. Katharine Drexel

To receive a copy of the 2021 Complimentary Catholic Gift Planning Workbook, check out the link below.