Donor Advised Funds

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

Support What Matters

Learn more about donor advised funds. View and download the FREE guide One-Stop Giving: The Convenience and Simplicity of Donor Advised Funds.

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If you already have a donor advised fund, which is a like a charitable savings account, you can use it to support American University. Simply contact the administrator of your fund to recommend how much and how often money is granted to AU.

Here's how it works. You transfer cash or other assets to a tax-exempt sponsoring organization such as a public foundation. You can then recommend—but not direct—how much and how often money is granted to AU or other charities—sometimes as easily as using a Web portal. And you avoid the cost and complexities of managing a private foundation.

What do you receive in return? You qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction at the time you contribute to the account, and the power to make recommendations on which charities to support whenever you want. You centralize your giving and record-keeping in one location. And maybe best of all, you can start a legacy of giving by letting your children help decide which grants to recommend.

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. Evaluate a sponsoring organization to make sure it supports your interests, values and the type of asset you are considering as a funding source.
  2. Get to know the organization's policies and procedures-from minimum contributions to administrative fees. Each organization handles these details differently.
  3. Contact Seth D. Speyer at 202-885-3411 or speyer@american.edu to discuss using donor advised funds to support AU and our mission.
  4. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  5. 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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