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Have you heard about the #HalfMyDAF challenge?
From now until September 30, a growing list of philanthropists are committing to donate half of their DAF. In addition, you can make a donation and nominate Save the Children to be eligible for matching grants! Please donate and help spread the word about this opportunity and the important work you support at Save the Children.

Felista Atim, 9 yrs. Moroto, Karamoja, Uganda. Photo Credit: Jordan J. Hay/Save the Children 2012

A 9-year-old girl studying at school in Karamoja, Uganda. 

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How You Can Support Save the Children with a Donor-Advised Fund

A donor-advised fund allows you to give back to a cause that’s close to your heart. It’s an opportunity to put your charitable dollars to work – where the need is great – but on your own terms. Thus, you have flexibility to tailor your philanthropic giving in easy, cost-effective ways.

You can designate funds to an emergency response, make an unrestricted annual gift or recommend recurring payments to a special appeal. Another option is to support programs that meet your interests, such as maternal and newborn health, early childhood education, gender equality, child rights and more. You can also designate Save the Children as a beneficiary for your donor advised fund.

As you know, the poorest children and families in marginalized communities bear the brunt of the challenges we face today. Your support helps Save the Children’s work in 120 countries, including the U.S., and reaches over 100 million children each year.

Partner with Save the Children and help vulnerable children all around the world.

How to recommend a gift to Save the Children

  1. Request a grant distribution through your DAF sponsor.
  2. Be sure to use the Save the Children’s EIN # 06-0726487
  3. Indicate whether your gift is unrestricted or designated to a specific cause i.e. the program, appeal, or emergency you are supporting. You can also designate Save the Children as a beneficiary for your donor advised fund.

Mailing Instructions:
Save the Children
501 Kings Highway East, Ste 400
Fairfield, CT 06825

Wire transfer instructions can be downloaded here.

Have additional questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions about Donor-Advised Funds.

Donor-Advised Funds Frequently Asked Questions

What are Our Current Emergency Responses?
What is a Donor-Advised Fund?
How does a Donor-Advised Fund work?
Are There Any Rules to Owning a Donor-Advised Fund?
What’s the Difference Between a Donor-Advised Fund and a Direct Donation?
Can a Donor-Advised Fund Be Used to Donate to a Private Foundation?
What Are the Benefits of a Donor-Advised Fund?
Is There a Tax Deduction for Donor-Advised Funds?
What is the Best Way to Contact Save the Children?

What are Our Current Emergency Responses?

  • As the global leader in child-focused humanitarian response, Save the Children mobilized immediately to provide support, including medical supplies, preparedness training and critical information to the most vulnerable region affected by COVID-19. Today, we are on the front lines of this pandemic, supporting vulnerable children and families in the U.S. and around the world. Learn more about our global response to COVID-19.
  • Children affected by the wildfires in California and Washington State are in urgent need of your help. We have activated our Children’s Emergency Fund to launch a rapid response in California and Washington to address the most pressing needs of families living in the areas hardest hit by this disaster. In places like California’s Central Valley, many low-income families live in cramped quarters lacking adequate ventilation or air conditioning as temperatures continue to soar. Locked down as a result of the pandemic, and now unable to step outdoors or safely open windows because of smoke from the fires, children face serious health consequences if we don’t do something now. Find out more about our response here.

What is a Donor-Advised Fund?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is an investment account that is used for charitable giving. It is composed of donations made by individuals and administered by a third party. The third party is called the sponsoring organization. It offers an immediate tax relief and allows you to support your favorite charities immediately or over time.

How does a Donor-Advised Fund work?

A donor makes an irrevocable gift to a donor-advised fund and receives a tax deduction for the year the gift is made. Once the contribution is made, the sponsoring organization has legal control over the funds and the donor can make grant recommendations to the charity of their choice.

Are There Any Rules to Owning a Donor-Advised Fund?

The IRS has specific guidelines around the kinds of organizations that are eligible to receive grants as well as the purposes these grants can serve. For example, grants can only be made to qualified charities and cannot be made to a person, or the donor cannot receive more than an incidental benefit, so it cannot be used for the admission price for an event of the gala.

What’s the Difference Between a Donor-Advised Fund and a Direct Donation?

The DAF donor receives tax documentation from the sponsoring organization of the DAF while a direct donor receives tax documentation from the charity.

Can a Donor-Advised Fund Be Used to Donate to a Private Foundation?

Donor-Advised Funds can be used alongside private foundations.

What Are the Benefits of a Donor-Advised Fund?

  • Simple to establish
  • Flexible funding options
  • Easily Accessible
  • Tax advantage
  • Typically requires no minimum distribution
  • Anonymous granting
  • Investment options

Is There a Tax Deduction for Donor-Advised Funds?

Yes, the DAF donor receives tax documentation from the sponsoring organization of the DAF.

What is the Best Way to Contact Save the Children?

Please reach out to Grace-Ann Campbell, Associate Director of Individual Philanthropy, at daf@savechildren.org for further advice on how to make a charitable gift to Save the Children.

Thank you for appreciating the importance of our work and the critical role that philanthropy plays in making it possible.

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