Donor Advised Funds

Manage your charitable giving through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF). Establishing a DAF is like creating your own personal charitable foundation, but without the administrative work. It’s a simple process of depositing the amount you would like to donate into your DAF and then directing those funds at any time to the charity of your choice like the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Benefits of This Gift

  • You have advisory privileges over the fund and can recommend distributions to support qualified charitable organizations like the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
  • You may claim a federal charitable income tax deduction in each year you contribute to your fund. There is no capital gains tax due on appreciated assets, and the gifts may reduce your gross taxable estate.
  • Setting up a DAF will provide you a charitable deduction now and allow you to designate beneficiaries later.
  • You can distribute funds to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at any time, on your own timeline—no more year-end rush.
  • Your fund manager handles the administration of your donations, including your receipts and paperwork.
  • You incur none of the legal, administrative, or reporting requirements with a DAF that you do with a private foundation, and the assets in your fund may grow tax-free.

How to Do This Gift

  • Work with a financial institution (such as Fidelity, Schwab, Vanguard) or community foundation to create a fund in your name or in the name of a loved one.
  • You make an irrevocable gift to the fund. Your fund’s manager may have a minimum initial gift size of $5,000 or more.
  • You receive a charitable tax deduction when you deposit money into the fund.
  • Recommend distributions from your fund to the ATC.
  • Your DAF is invested and may grow over time.
  • Your financial institution administers the fund, writes the checks, and makes the distributions in your fund’s name. You receive regular statements from the fund’s administrator documenting your distributions, fund balance, and tax deductions.

Remember to name the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as a beneficiary of your Donor Advised Fund!


We are here to help you achieve your philanthropic goals.

Heather Hackett
Director of Gift Planning
Appalachian Trail Conservancy