Accomplish your philanthropic goals and leave a legacy.

Did you know that starting a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is easier and more cost-effective than starting a private foundation in British Columbia? It also allows you to accomplish your philanthropic goals while leaving a lasting legacy.

Vancouver Foundation can help you set-up a Donor Advised Fund and help you transition your current private foundation into a similarly named fund.

Leave a Legacy with Less Work

When you’re running a private foundation, you’re in charge of accounting, investment management, tax receipting, compliance reporting, and more.

Let Vancouver Foundation take care of those administrative details for you. When you start a Donor Advisd Fund with us, you can focus on what matters most — giving back to the community.

Setting Up a Fund

Choose a Type of Fund

  • Start-Up Donor Advised Fund
    $1,000 minimum
    Start your legacy with a nameable fund that you can top up over the next decade. You’ll get lifetime support from our team at a low cost-recovery fee of 1.3%.

  • Flow-Through Donor Advised Fund
    $100,000 minimum
    Get everything that comes with a regular Donor Advised Fund. You’ll can also grant from the fund’s capital as well as its earned income.
  • Donor Advised Fund
    $10,000 minimum
    Get everything that comes with the Start-Up Fund, and start supporting your favourite charities or causes immediately.
  • Investment Managers Program
    $1 million minimum

    When you enroll in the Investment Managers Program, you get to decide who you want to manage the investment for you.

Choose an Investment Stream

When you transition your private foundation to a Donor Advised Fund with Vancouver Foundation, you can invest in one of two income streams:

  1. Socially Responsible Investment Fund: a balanced fund that screens out companies involved in fossil fuels, military weapons, nuclear power utilities, and tobacco
  2. Consolidated Trust Fund: a diversified balanced fund of equities, fixed income, real estate, and multi-strategy funds

You can request grants from your fund as often as four times per year.

We’re Here to Help

We can help you start a Donor Advised Fund or transition your private foundation into a Donor Advised Fund.

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Calvin Fong
Director, Donor Services