Donor Advised Fund Gifts

What is a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)?

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a philanthropic vehicle established at a public charity. It allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and then recommend grants from the fund over time.  If you have a donor advised fund with Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund or Schwab Charitable, you can use the DAF Direct link to the right to recommend grants to the President & Fellows of Middlebury College.  

How a Donor-Advised Fund Works

1. You make an irrevocable contribution of personal assets.
2. You immediately receive the maximum tax deduction that the IRS allows.
3. You name your donor-advised fund account, advisors, and any successors or charitable beneficiaries.
4. Your contribution is placed into a donor-advised fund account where it can be invested and grow tax free.
5. At any time afterward, you can recommend grants from your account to qualified charities.


Gift Administration
Middlebury College
700 Exchange Street
Middlebury, VT 05753