Is Converting Your Foundation to a Donor-Advised Fund Right For You?
This survey can help you determine if a donor-advised fund account makes sense for you. Whether you want to convert your private foundation to a donor-advised fund account or are considering one as a complement to your foundation, Schwab Charitable can help.
The degree to which donors involve family members in their giving is an important consideration.
Private foundations provide the ability to offer family members (as well as others) paid positions within the foundation or positions as board members. In addition, the expenses associated with meetings can be covered by the foundation. Compensation and expenses are subject to strict IRS guidelines. Donors may also choose to have their children continue their charitable legacy by building a succession plan into the foundation's governing documents.
Donors and their family members may not receive compensation in connection with a donor-advised fund account, but they may involve family and friends in their philanthropy in other ways. Some donors designate family members or others as advisors on the account or name them as successor donor-advisors so that they may continue to recommend grants into the next generation. Others choose not to have family involved and instead recommend specific charitable beneficiaries to receive the full balance (or a portion) of the donor-advised fund account upon the donor's death. Some families meet to discuss the granting from their donor-advised fund account, but the expenses of such meetings are not paid by their donor-advised fund.
1. A private foundation is likely the more appropriate charitable vehicle for you becasue it offers the ability to employ family members and specific individuals.