Donor-Advised Fund Gifts

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a named charitable giving account you can set up under a public charity, most often a sponsoring financial or community institution such as Schwab Charitable, Fidelity Charitable or Community , among others. To set up a DAF, you make an irrevocable gift of cash or other assets to the financial or community institution, receive a tax deduction, and as a “donor-advisor” may make non-binding grant recommendations to benefit the charities you care about.

Using the information below, you can recommend a grant from your Donor-Advised Fund to immediately impact Equality Virginia’s work in a huge way. When you put money into your DAF you receive an immediate tax deduction and you can give that money to one or more charities now or years in the future.

Legal name: Equality Virginia

Address: P.O. Box 17860 Richmond, VA 23226

Federal Tax ID number: 54-1950205

Phone Number (for assistance): 804-643-4816

Giving through your DAF is easy! Click the link below to give now or contact your sponsoring financial or community institution to recommend a grant to Equality Virginia.

Contact our Development and Operations Coordinator at [email protected] for more information!

Additional Information

The following is intended to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about donor advised funds, and inform you about important rules and restrictions at Equality Virginia:

Donor Benefits

Donating through a DAF limits the donor benefits you may receive. Because a full tax deduction is received at the time of establishing the DAF, donors may only receive “incidental” benefits, or benefits which do not carry a fair market value. The Symphony’s Donor Relations team can share which donor benefits you may receive when you donate through a DAF.


The U.S. Pension Protection Act of 2006 establishes certain restrictions applying to donor advised funds. It’s important to be aware of these to make sure that a donation through a DAF meets your needs and charitable intent. The restrictions that most often impact donors concern pledges (new and existing), providing multi-year support and accepting donor benefits.


When a DAF is established, the donor may recommend but not legally direct future charitable grants. As the donor has given up legal ownership of the fund, they are prohibited from making a legally binding pledge from their DAF to the charity they want to support. In addition, donors may not fulfill existing pledges through their DAF. Equality Virginia  recommends that donors notify us of their intent to recommend a grant, as it assists us with future planning. Suggested wording is: “I intend to recommend a grant of [amount] from a donor advised fund (DAF), and this notification is not a legally binding commitment.”

Special Event Tickets and Donations

Donors wishing to support Equality Virginia  through special events such as the Opening Night Concert & Gala, Holiday Musical Salute or Club Ludo should be aware of the following:

Event tickets and tables, as they have substantial fair market value, may not be purchased through a DAF. An exception to this is when the donor will not attend the event and the entire table or seat is to be donated back to Equality Virginia .

Event donations through your DAF are welcomed. Your event donations, including raise-the-paddle donations can be made through a DAF. Notify Equality Virginia  and contact your fund’s sponsoring organization to clarify any required language to recommend the grant. (Most often recommendations specify that the donor has paid for an event ticket or table out of pocket).

Here are some other Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes. When establishing a DAF, a qualified charity such as Equality Virginia may be recommended to receive any remaining balance in the DAF upon the death of the donor.

Yes. The U.S. Pension Protection Act of 2006 imposes an excise tax on any donor, donor-advisor or family member who recommends a grant that results in “more than incidental benefit.” The sponsoring agency can be penalized as well.

No. Due to IRS restrictions, reimbursing a charity to receive benefits and services (“bifurcation”) is not permitted.