Donor Advised Funds

A simple, flexible way to streamline all your charitable giving.

A Donor Advised Fund is an ideal way to fulfill your immediate charitable interests and broader charitable goals, especially if your interests vary or may change over time. 

Establishing a private foundation can be an excellent tool for perpetuating family traditions of giving and community involvement, but it can also be an administrative burden. By partnering with Adirondack Foundation and establishing a Donor Advised Fund, you can leave the hassles to us and enjoy simpler giving options. 

A donor may establish a permanent or a fully expendable “flex” Donor Advised Fund. The minimum for grantmaking from a permanent fund is $25,000. Flexible funds must maintain a minimum of $10,000.

To recommend grants, you or the fund’s designated representative inform Adirondack Foundation through Donor Central of your intention. Our team then performs due diligence to be sure the grant designee is a qualified 501(c)(3) or other eligible organization. All grant recommendations are approved by Adirondack Foundation's Board of Trustees, which has fiduciary responsibility. A check is then sent out under the name of your fund. This process takes two weeks at most.

Need more information? Call (518) 523-9904 or email

Download a PDF that shows how a Donor Advised Fund works.