Donor Advised Funds

Harness the Giving Power of a Private Foundation-Without the Complexity

Get More From Your DAF

Ensure you’ve made the most of your donor advised fund—for your family and for AU. Download the FREE guide Maximize the Impact of Donor Advised Funds.

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A donor advised fund, which is like a charitable savings account, gives you the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted to American University and other qualified charities. You can recommend a grant or recurring grants now to make an immediate impact or use your fund as a tool for future charitable gifts.

You can also create a lasting legacy by naming American University the beneficiary of the entire account or a percentage of the fund. With a percentage, you can create a family legacy of giving by naming your loved ones as your successor to continue recommending grants to charitable organizations. Contact your fund administrator for a beneficiary form.

DAF Basics

Still learning about DAFs? Discover the ease of opening a donor advised fund—plus the advantages you’ll enjoy—with your FREE guide One Stop Giving: The Convenience and Simplicity of Donor Advised Funds.

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An Example of How It Works

Gifts That Pay

Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options and download this FREE guide Plan for Retirement With a Deferred Gift Annuity.

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Next Steps

  1. If you already have a fund, use our tool Take Action! Visit Your Fund to connect. No fund yet? Get our free guide.
  2. Contact Seth D. Speyer at 202-885-3411 or speyer@american.edu to discuss using your donor advised funds to support AU and our mission.
  3. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  4. If you include AU in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: American University
Address: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Federal tax ID number: #53-0196549

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