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How to Start a Fund

Donor-advised funds are flexible giving tools created by individuals, families, and businesses to support the causes they care about.

You can establish a donor-advised fund quickly and easily with a short fund agreement and a single gift. You can then recommend grants from your fund to charitable projects or organizations you wish to support. It is easy to give to multiple nonprofits through a donor-advised fund.

Donor-advised funds at The Denver Foundation can give grants to charities anywhere in the United States, grantees can be religious organizations (or "faith-based"), grants can support overseas efforts through U.S.-based charities, and grantees do not need to be approved through the Community Grants Program process.

Donor-advised funds are particularly useful for families who have broad charitable interests but may have a one-time tax or income event that necessitates a large gift that can then be used to fund charitable activity over a number of years.

There are just five basic questions you need to answer when opening your fund.

For more information, please contact the Philanthropic Services Group at 303.300.1790. Click here for contact information for specific members of the Philanthropic Services Group who can help you.