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Sarah Shanoon
Director of Philanthropy & Donor Services
T: 718-480-7504

Julia Metro
Manager of Donor Services
T: 718-480-7507

Establishing a Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation

By opening a Donor Advised Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation, you can continue to support the charities you care about while ushering in a new era of Brooklyn-based philanthropy and strengthening local communities.

What is a Donor Advised Fund?

A Donor Advised Fund is a fund through which you can grow your assets tax-free and conveniently direct grants to charities in Brooklyn and beyond. Created with a single tax-deductible donation of cash, stock, or real estate, you can name your fund and give at your own pacewe manage the rest.

Learn more: Frequently Asked Questions about Donor Advised Funds

Benefits of a Donor Advised Fund

  • Simplify your giving
  • Receive an immediate tax deduction
  • Give at your own pace
  • Grow your Fund tax-free
  • Enjoy hassle-free administration
  • Recommend grants to any registered domestic nonprofit organization


Your Fund Enables You to:

  • Support Organizations You Care About: Your Fund is the most efficient way to support all of the organizations you care about through one simple channel.
  • Optimize Your Tax Benefits: Take an immediate deduction for up to 50% of your Adjusted Gross Income on cash gifts, or up to 30% for gifts of appreciated securities. You may also avoid capital gains by making a gift of appreciated securities. Deductions may be taken all in one year or carried over for up to five years.
  • Establish a Family Legacy: Your Fund allows you to build a powerful legacy that can be shared with your spouse or partner and passed down to your children and grandchildren.
  • Diversify Your Giving: Our staff of experts can send you customized research on Brooklyn nonprofits that fits your interests.
  • Co-Invest with Others: Use your Fund to align your giving with the Foundation’s Community Fund and other like-minded donors.

We Offer Multiple Fund Options:Private Foundation vs Donor Advised Fund

Our Service to You:

  • Customized support
  • Unparalleled knowledge of Brooklyn
  • Due diligence and guidance on local nonprofits
  • A range of Fund investment options
  • Assistance with estate planning and bequests

Get Started Today:

Establishing a Fund is easy and can be set up in less than a week. Contact Donor Services to learn more:

Sarah Shannon, Director of Philanthropy & Donor Services
T: 718.480.7504

Julia Metro, Manager of Donor Services
T: 718.480.7507