Ways to Give
Just as the needs of our communities change, the vision of people who are building their own philanthropic traditions in partnership with The San Francisco Foundation is dynamic and evolving. To support this tradition, generation after generation, we offer a number of powerful philanthropic tools for individuals, families, or businesses. Our donors have the flexibility to give now by opening a fund, or give later by leaving a legacy.
Choose your philanthropic vehicle
- Donor Advised Funds - For individuals and families seeking active involvement in philanthropy, Donor Advised Funds create a working partnership with the Foundation. Through your Donor Advised Fund, you can make specific recommendations for grants to nonprofit organizations in writing, over the phone, or electronically through our online Donor Center. Because the Foundation maintains complete records of your donations, there are no additional administrative or reporting requirements associated with your Fund. While there is no requirement to recommend grants by year-end, you will be able to take a charitable income tax deduction for the full value of your contribution for the year in which you made a contribution to your Fund.
- Permanent Endowed Funds - You may choose to create funds that will express your charitable interests in perpetuity. These funds direct annual support to an issue that you select, or to specifically named charitable organizations. Endowed funds can be created during your lifetime, or by testamentary gift.
- Supporting Organizations - Supporting Organizations are charitable foundations established in partnership with The San Francisco Foundation. They are not subject to private foundation rules and regulations and provide greater income tax benefits. In addition, the Foundation takes responsibility for the administrative and filing responsibilities for the Supporting Organization.
- Our Impact Funds - Our Impact Funds lift up powerful and effective nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area and leverage our collective investment to enhance your community.
To create the right vehicle for your giving, contact our Philanthropic Services professionals at email@example.com or 415.733.8500.