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Donor Advised Funds

The Donor Advised Fund Program at the Jewish Federation of Chicago has been helping donors simplify their giving since 1971. Our Donor Advised Fund Program offers you an easy way to better manage and organize your philanthropy.

A Donor Advised Fund is a charitable giving account that allows you to recommend grants to qualified charitable organizations of your choosing, take advantage of the highest charitable tax deduction available, and make your charitable giving simple, effective and satisfying.

Benefits of a DAF

  • Immediate tax deduction regardless of when distributions are made.
  • Simplified record keeping and paperwork for easy tax preparation.
  • Your fund assets grow tax free.

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Establishing a Donor Advised Fund

Opening a Donor Advised Fund at the Jewish Federation of Chicago is easy:

Fill out our Donor Advised Fund agreement and take a look at our Policies and Procedures. Return the completed agreement form to us at [email protected] or by mailing it to:

The Center for Jewish Philanthropy
Jewish Federation of Chicago
30 South Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Start your fund with a $1,000 minimum contribution to the Jewish Federation of Chicago of cash, appreciated stock or other assets. Once we receive your agreement and gift, you will receive confirmation from the Jewish Federation and further information about how to begin using your Donor Advised Fund.

For more information call us at (312) 357-4853 or email us at [email protected].


The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago does not provide legal advice. Donors are encouraged to consult their independent tax and legal counsel.

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