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Donor Advised Funds

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is now taking Donor Advised Funds. Learn more here.

Donor Advised Funds

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Thank you for joining the fight against food and nutrition insecurity in Los Angeles County.

Thanks to your donation, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is able to serve the more than 2 million individuals who may not know where their next meal is coming from. The Food Bank is highly efficient, and 97% of revenues go directly to our programs providing food for children, hardworking families, struggling seniors, and more.

What is a Donor Advised Fund?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) provides donors with a centralized charitable giving vehicle. It allows philanthropically inclined individuals, families, and corporations to make an irrevocable charitable gift to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program and take an immediate tax deduction. Most sponsoring organizations of DAFs accept cash equivalents, securities, and certain other assets.

How It Works

  • Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program.
  • Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free).
  • Recommend grants to qualified public charities of your choice.

Donor Benefits

  • Simplicity—The DAF sponsor handles all recordkeeping, disbursements, and tax receipts.
  • Flexibility—Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making.
  • Tax efficiency—Contributions are tax-deductible, and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. It is also easy to donate long-term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support several charities from one block of stock.
  • Family legacy—A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy.
  • No start-up costs—There is no cost to establish a donor-advised fund. However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more).*
  • No transaction fees—Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified public charity of choice.*
  • Privacy if desired—Donors may choose to remain anonymous to the grant recipient.

Next Steps

  • If you already have a fund, use our tool above to get started.
  • Contact Amy Hasquet, Director of Annual Giving at ahasquet@lafoodbank.org or (323) 234-3030 x140 to discuss using your donor-advised funds to support the Food Bank and our mission.
  • Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  • If you include the Food Bank in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.
    • Legal name: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
      Address: 1734 East 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90058
      Federal tax ID number: 95-3135649

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