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Maximise your charitable giving using a Donor Advised Fund

We recently helped a client to achieve their charitable giving goals via a Donor-Advised Fund.

25/03/2024
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We recently advised a client who wanted to establish a vehicle for charitable giving. Initially, the client wanted to make annual donations of £100,000 with plans to contribute a substantial lump sum in the future, following the sale of their business.

Our Solution

We recommended that the client use a Donor Advised Fund (DAF). This vehicle allows clients to direct giving to their chosen causes and benefit from tax relief, without the complexity that can be associated with other charitable structures (such as charitable trusts). DAFs also benefit from gift aid.*

Based on an initial £100,000 donation, and with the benefit of gift aid, the client’s DAF received a total of £125,000 (£100,000 + £25,000) in the first year. As the client was a higher rate tax payer, he was able to claim higher rate tax relief via his self-assessment tax return. This resulted in tax relief of £25,000 (£125,000 x 20%).  

The total cost to the client of funding a £125,000 donation to the DAF was therefore just £75,000.

Giving cash is not the only way to fund a DAF. It is also possible to give shares and other assets, maximising tax reliefs and the amount you can give to charity. See our case study on gifting cash and shares for further information. 


*Currently, for every £1 of cash contributed, UK charities can claim an extra 25 pence in Gift Aid. Donors must have paid sufficient tax in the year of the charity claiming the gift aid, otherwise HMRC will ask the donor for the balance.


Giving via a DAF: a quick guide

  1. Make a one-off or regular irrevocable gift of cash to your Cazenove Capital DAF.
  2. The trustees of the Cazenove Capital DAF claim gift aid from HMRC on the donation and credit the additional funds to your DAF account.
  3. You can reclaim further income tax relief if you are a higher or additional rate tax payer via your tax return.


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