Experience a Donor Advised Fund with WCF
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A Donor Advised Fund offers individuals and families the ease and flexibility of giving, similar to a private foundation but without all the expense and administration. Gifts of cash or appreciated securities can be donated to set up your fund. You use your fund to make grants to charities over a period of time. Your gift can grow tax free through several investment options.  You can also set up a Donor Advised Endowment Fund to build a fund that will give to charities in perpetuity and pass your giving tradition on to future generations of your family.  The Community Foundation will do all the administration so that you can focus on your philanthropy.

  • $200 minimum fee or .60%*  on a sliding scale fee
  • *The more you have in your fund the lower your fee. Based on your average daily balance.
  • Your annual administrative fee covers the costs of processing transactions and grant due diligence.
  • Your fee is a contribution to the Whitefish Community Foundation and supports the important work we do in the community.
  • Low investment fees
  • You can choose from several investment options to help grow your fund over time.
  • You can place it in a low risk Short Term Pool or, based on your giving time horizon you may select the Balanced Pool or a Long-Term Growth Pool.
  • Your gift will grow tax free.
  • You may also choose to not invest your fund and just hold it in a capital preservation pool.
  • Whitefish Community Foundation’s assets are under the management of Mason Investment Advisory Services.
  • Mason’s investment stewardship service combines the best elements of consulting, independent investment management, and continuous monitoring and oversight to help the Investment Committee and Foundation staff effectively and responsibly guide their organization’s investments.

With an initial gift of $5,000 or more you can start a Donor Advised Fund.


  • You receive an immediate tax deduction.
  • You can contribute to your fund as often as you would like.
  • You can start supporting charities right away.
  • Whitefish Community Foundation will handle all the administration of your fund so you can focus on your giving.

How Does a Donor Advised Fund Work?

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Donor Advised Fund Experience

• You make a gift of $5,000 or more to establish a donor advised fund or $15,000 for an endowed advised fund.

• You receive an immediate federal tax deduction on gift amounts up to 50% of your adjusted gross income (30% AGI on contributions of appreciated stock) and one tax receipt to retain from the Foundation.

• Additional gifts of cash or appreciated securities can be made at any time to grow your fund.

• Over time, you recommend grants from your named fund to charities.

• We make it easy for you to support local charities as well as charities around the country. You can recommend grants to any qualified 501(c)(3) charity.

• We offer online fund access and online grant submissions so that you can access your fund, check your balance and investment performance, and recommend a grant from anywhere you are located.

• A low administrative fee of .60% (60 basis points) or less is charged annually. See Administrative Fee Structure

• Your fee supports the work of the Whitefish Community Foundation to benefit the surrounding Whitefish community.

• We offer confidentiality in all your charitable giving.

• You can name your fund after you, your family, or any name you choose. You can be completely anonymous in your giving or choose to be recognized for your generosity.

• You can invest your fund just like any commercial Donor Advised Fund and we offer several investment options for you to choose from.

• With a fund at the Community Foundation, you will have access to the current and important needs in the community.

• The Community Foundation will take care of all the due diligence in all your grant making: The Community Foundation verifies that your grant recommendations meet the grant making policies and that the grantee organization is a qualified public charity or governmental entity.

It’s easy to set-up and get started.

Download your Donor Advised Fund package today:

Donor Advised Fund Agreements

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Donor Advised Fund vs. Private Foundation

• A Donor Advised Fund offers many of the benefits of a private foundation without the added expenses and administrative burdens.

• Your Fund can be invested and it will earn tax free investment earnings.

• We do all the record keeping for you and there is no 990 to file.

• No minimum annual distribution to meet unlike a private foundation.

• You are recognized for your grant recommendations or you are able to remain anonymous unlike a private foundation where you must disclose your grants on your form 990.

• Just like a private foundation, you are able to set-up successor advisors on your fund and include your children in your family philanthropy.


• Engage in family giving services – participate in family discussions and activities with Whitefish Community Foundation facilitators to create a family mission statement and philanthropic plan. A one page Fund History can be included with each of the grants to inform the grantee about the fund family history.


• You are eligible for a tax deduction upon receipt of your donation into the account.

• Avoid capital gains by donating long-term appreciated assets such as public or privately held stock, real estate, mutual funds and life insurance into the account.

• Decide the timing of your grants to charity – there is no requirement to advise a grant from the account in a given year.


• Take advantage of our philanthropic services. Tell us what you want to accomplish or what you care about – we’ll help you focus your resources to make the most impact.

• Keep updated on local and regional news that’s relevant to your interests and passion.

Benefits of working with Whitefish Community Foundation


Whether you want to give locally, nationally or globally, the Foundation’s goal is to make every philanthropic vision a reality. You can give now or in the future. You can be entirely hands-off or as involved in your charitable giving as you like.


We honor when and how you want to be recognized for your grants and contributions. If you prefer to maintain anonymity, your identity remains protected. Personal information is never disclosed without permission.


Whitefish Community Foundation is proud to offer a trusted, knowledgeable team of passionate individuals. We are committed to working collaboratively with community partners to develop creative solutions and promote lasting change.

Local Knowledge

The Foundation staff and Board of Directors are made up of community members and volunteers living in Whitefish who are community involved. We are knowledgeable about the needs of our community and our nonprofits and quickly address emerging local issues.

Tax Benefits

As a public charity, Community Foundation donations qualify for the maximum available charitable deduction in the year the gift is made. We also offer solutions to help reduce your tax liability.

Giving Made Easy

Simplifying your giving process with streamlined communications, statements, online access to your balance, online grant recommendations, and more.

It is thanks in part, to our Donor Advised Fund Program that the Whitefish Community Foundation is able to impact so many nonprofits through our giving programs. Fees from our Advised Fund Program stay here and benefit our community.