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We are excited to annouce the launch of the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund!

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This fund provides your philanthropically-minded clients with a single platform to focus their charitable giving. This gives them an opportunity to leave a positive impact for their families to follow.

The Dunham DAF provides your clients with many tax and charitable giving advantages previously available only to those wealthy enough to set up private family foundations. The Dunham DAF can be used in a way similar to a private family foundation, but it requires far less money, time, maintenance, and effort to establish. The Dunham DAF is one of the few donor-advised funds that allows your clients to spread their impact and to gift both domestically and to charities abroad.

Meanwhile, you will manage the charitable account’s investments.

Benefits of the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund:

Minimize Taxes, Maximize Generosity

Your client receives an immediate income tax deduction for the year they contribute to the Dunham DAF, regardless of whether they support their charities now or in the future.

World-Wide Giving

The Dunham DAF is one of the few DAFs that allows your clients to give to domestic charities or charities abroad.

Maximize your client’s tax benefits with the ability to contribute complex assets such as real estate, collectables, cryptocurrencies, or businesses. Their assets will be liquidated and the proceeds distributed to their Dunham Donor-Advised Fund.

Ability to Track Their Charitable Impact

An annual report allows your clients to see the positive effect their charitable donations have made.

Clients Can Leave a Positive Impact for Their Families to Follow

When your client passes away, they will have left a positive impact for their family to follow. You, their financial advisor, and the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund, will work with their successors to continue donating to charities.

Opportunity for Your Clients to Teach Their Children About Charitable Giving

Your clients can teach their children or grandchildren the value of generosity by involving them in the selection of charities and letting them see the long-term impact their generosity brings.

Start a Dunham Donor-Advised Fund Today and Leave a Positive Impact for Your Family to Follow

Every Thursday over the next six weeks, Dunham will be sharing a case study that outlines a specific hypothetical circumstance in which a donor-advised fund was the most beneficial option for the individual or family involved. With year-end tax season coming up, you can also refer to these case studies for ways to use a donor-advised fund to maximize your clients’ tax benefits. If you would like to view all six case studies in advance, please fill out this form and a member of our sales team will be in touch.

Click below for more information on the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund, or call us at (858) 964-0500.

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A donor advised fund is a separately identified account that is maintained and operated by a section 501( c)(3) organization, and is not a registered investment company.

Contributions to the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund are irrevocable contributions made to University Impact a public charity. Individuals considering a contribution to the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund should consult their legal and tax advisors regarding deductions, based on their personal considerations.

The Dunham DAF is powered by University Impact, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the United States. University Impact is the DAF host who manages all aspects of the fund.

The tax information provided is general and educational in nature, and should not be construed as legal or tax advice. Dunham does not provide legal or tax advice. Content provided relates to taxation at the federal level only. Charitable deductions at the federal level are available only if you itemize deductions. Rules and regulations regarding tax deductions for charitable giving vary at the state level, and laws of a specific state or laws relevant to a particular situation may affect the applicability, accuracy or completeness of the information provided. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation. The Dunham DAF is powered by University Impact, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the United States. University Impact is the DAF host who manages all aspects of the fund.

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