Donor Advised Funds

Maximum control. Local results.

Donor Advised Funds are a pivotal way that donors and the foundation help Minnesota thrive.


How much Minnesota Community Foundation donor advised funds distributed into local Minnesota communities in 2017.


Donor advised fund grants made to 63 of 87 counties in Minnesota in 2017.


How many organizations recieved donor advised fund grants in 2017.

Flexibility and control

When it comes to maximizing philanthropy in Minnesota, no other organization does more to help donors across the state get more funds into more organizations that improve quality of life in the communities they care about. The impact of donor advised funds through Minnesota Community Foundation is felt in organizations from the Arrowhead to Zumbrota. With more than $35 million in distribution in 2016 alone, our donor advisors are impacting our communities at the local level.

Donor advised funds afford many of the advantages of private foundations but with greater tax benefit, fewer restrictions and minimal administrative headaches. A donor, no matter where they live or where they want their impact felt, creates the fund with an initial gift and takes tax deductions each time you contribute. Minnesota Community Foundation handles all the necessary accounting, legal and investment services, allowing you to focus on what matters most.

While some donors know exactly how they want to use their funds, others seek guidance. Our staff specializes in connecting donors with the nonprofit organizations and community projects that best match their interests and goals all across Minnesota. 

Donor Stories

The Jones Family Foundation 

Established in 1998 by third-generation banker Ora Jones, Jr., his wife Barbara, son Scott and daughter-in-law Anne, the Jones Family Foundation supports endeavors that enhance the quality of life in the Red Wing area. The family’s interests include special needs for families, lifelong learning, youth development and community sustainability.

Monroe, Charlotte and Barbara Shine Family Fund

Tragically, Charlotte Shine’s only child preceded her in death by one year. With no heirs to inherit her estate, Charlotte created this special family fund to benefit women (especially single mothers), children and medical causes. Established as a permanent fund in 2005, the Fund supports organizations like Minnesota Indian Women’s Resources Center, Visiting Nurse Agency and Jeremiah Program.

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