The Ethic Playbook: Donor-advised Funds
Tuesday, December 12, 2023
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December 2023
The Ethic Playbook: Donor-advised Funds
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A tool for combining charitable giving with financial goals

by Morgan du Plessix

What if you could support all of your favorite charities while growing your philanthropic dollars tax-free? A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a charitable giving vehicle that can help you to do just that by reducing your tax burden while helping you plan for future generations.

DAFs are the fastest-growing charitable giving product on the market, with contributions totaling an all-time high of $85.53 billion in 2022. Relationship manager Morgan du Plessix dives into the rapidly expanding world of DAFs in this episode of “The Ethic Playbook.”

While simply donating is always a great option for charitable giving, DAFs offer a few key differentiating features: 

  1. They allow investors to divvy up their charitable contributions to multiple worthy causes, not just one. 
  2. DAF contributions are eligible for a current-year tax deduction and non-cash assets can be gifted without incurring capital gains taxes, allowing all of the proceeds to be given to the charities the investors are passionate about.
  3. DAFs are not subject to estate laws, which means that future generations may use that vehicle to continue the tradition of giving.


Contact your relationship manager to learn more about partnering with Ethic to help your clients achieve both their charitable giving and financial goals.

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Morgan du Plessix was born in Haiti to a Haitian mother and French father and raised between Haiti, France and the Washington D.C. area. She previously worked at UBS Global Wealth Management in roles across the firm’s major business areas including the sustainable investing solutions team and the advisory and planning products group, amongst others. She graduated from New York University where she studied International Relations and Sustainable Business.

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