Make a Gift with a Donor Advised Fund

Donor advised funds (DAFs) are an increasingly popular way to make a charitable gift. DAFs can provide you with immediate tax benefits while making your charitable giving easier. Here are some simple ways you can make a gift through your DAF:      

  • Make an outright gift by suggesting a grant to Brown University.
  • Set up Brown to receive recurring annual distributions for an area or program you care about, like the Brown Annual Fund.
  • Designate Brown  as an ultimate beneficiary of a portion or all of the fund.

You can select the option that best suits your philanthropic and financial goals to support Brown. Just contact your fund administrator to request a distribution or beneficiary form or download the appropriate form(s) from your administrator’s website.

If you include Brown University in your plans, please let us know so we can welcome you into the College Hill Society.  Our legal name and federal tax ID are below.

Legal Name:  Brown University
Address: Providence, RI 02912
Federal Tax ID Number: 05-0258809

Creating a Donor Advised Fund at Brown

Establishing a Brown donor advised fund is an easy and cost-effective way to support the University and other causes and organizations you care about.

How It Works

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Make an initial gift of $100,000 or more to initiate the fund.  In most cases your contribution will qualify for a charitable income tax deduction.
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Invest in Brown’s endowment or in a money market pool.
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When you’re ready to support Brown or other organizations, you can request to make distributions from your fund through the Office of Philanthropic Strategies and Planned Giving. At least 25% of all contributions must be to Brown.


Benefits for You


While you consider future options for how you would like your gift to be used and by which charity(ies), your fund can be invested in Brown’s endowment, thereby enjoying historically significant investment returns. Average annualized returns for Brown’s endowment for three, five, 10 and 20 years are 24.1%, 19.6%, 12.9%, and 10.3%, respectively. Brown will provide you with annual reports about your fund’s investment returns and account activity.

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Benefits for Brown

When it comes to the impact of your Brown donor advised fund, the possibilities are endless—and up to you.

You can choose for your donor advised fund to:

  • create a recurring gift to The Brown Fund or another program area you support annually
  • endow a professorship in a field that is meaningful to you
  • strengthen Brown’s financial aid program
  • fund a graduate fellowship in a professional school or interdisciplinary initiative
  • establish a fund spearheading innovative research
  • name a research facility, dormitory, or other important building
Rules & Requirements
  • Individuals, trusts, corporations, estates, and private foundations can establish a donor advised fund at Brown.
  • Initial gift of $100,000 or more is required to establish a fund.
  • At least 25% of the donor advised fund must be designated to Brown.
  • Additional contributions to your fund of at least $100,000 can be made at any time, subject to the same stipulations on the proportion of the gift that must come to Brown.