Private Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds: A Guide to Choosing Your Philanthropic Path

Private Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds: A Guide to Choosing Your Philanthropic Path

The charitable giving landscape has broadened, with more options than ever to help your clients carry out their philanthropic goals.

The following guide was created to help your clients understand the benefits of donor-advised funds and private foundations—two of the most popular giving vehicles. With differing structures, rules, privacy and flexibility, the two vehicles each come with a unique set of advantages and limitations.

Topics covered:

  • Private foundations compared to donor-advised funds
  • Complementing a private foundation with a donor-advised fund
  • Collapsing a private foundation into a donor-advised fund
  • Asking the right questions to determine the best strategy

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