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Leveraging your donor-advised fund to help teachers

What is a donor-advised fund?

Giving through a donor-advised fund is a great way to support teachers in your community or across the country. 

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is like a flexible charitable investment account. Funds deposited into this account are immediately eligible as a tax-deductible donation. Later, you can recommend grants to organizations with missions that speak to you. DAFs are increasingly popular with many people as they allow you to make mindful giving decisions. You can spend some time thinking about how you want to give, but your contribution is still immediately tax-deductible.

Common DAFs include Fidelity Charitable, BNY Mellon, Schwab Charitable, and Vanguard Charitable

Can I give to through my DAF?

Yes, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS. Because we are a recognized nonprofit organization, you can direct tax-deductible contributions you make to your DAF to at any time.

How do I give to through my DAF?

We make it easy with a simple form you can submit.

If you would like to support a specific Spotlight Fund, school, or classroom, you must list the specific designation. Please provide the following information for classrooms*:

  • Teacher’s First Name and Last Name
  • Teacher’s School
  • Teachers City and State

Making a gift through your donor-advised fund to support education is flexible and easy. Once you dedicate your gift, we will work to send it to the appropriate teacher as quickly as possible. We appreciate your support! 

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please reach out to Development Director Angie Harris at [email protected].

We accept many donation options to fit your goals. Learn more:

*Please Note: In order to receive your donation, a teacher must be registered on with an active classroom page at the time of receipt. If they are not registered the donation will be directed to the general fund. Per our Terms of Use, teachers must login every six months to be eligible for funding.