Private Foundation Alternatives

Establishing a Donor Advised Fund at The Philadelphia Foundation is less complicated and less costly than setting up a private foundation – and offers many additional advantages.

An existing private foundation can easily be converted to a Donor Advised Fund. The private foundation’s name can be perpetuated, and support for the purpose for which it was established can continue.

Advantages of Donor Advised Funds vs. Private Foundations

Ongoing Involvement

Lee Harrison“We get to do the fun part.” – Lee Harrison, granddaughter of Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre, who converted her educational foundation to a Donor Advised Fund in 1998.
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Anonymity If Desired

Anonymous Female donor“I don’t want people calling to thank me and asking if I can give more.” – Founder of the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Fund
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Intent Perpetuated

Israel Hecht Fund LogoFounded in 1926 to provide free coal to the poor, the Israel Hecht Fund still keeps people warm. Converting the foundation exempted its assets from excise taxes that threatened its permanence.
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Ability to Focus on Mission

The Scattergood Foundation Logo“Per petuating our behavioral health grant-making mission is what’s most important, and that’s what this allows us to do. Devoting resources to administration takes away funds that could be going into providing direct service.” – Joe Pyle, President
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How We Compare To Private or Family Foundations and Commercial Gift Funds

We offer several benefits compared to private or family foundations and to commercial Donor Advised Funds.

How we compare to others.


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