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Four Ways Your DAF Can Save More Innocent Lives

You know how much they need you…. the dogs and cats and little fur babies suffering from abandonment or neglect by the people they were counting on. But they know they can count on you!

If you are one of the compassionate friends who loyally support HSN, we cannot thank you enough on behalf of those unable to speak for themselves.

And if you’ve elected to use a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) as a vehicle for your charitable contributions, we hope you will appreciate a few ideas that have come our way for making them even more powerful in doing the life-saving work you are supporting when you make these thoughtful, generous gifts.

Did you know you can make a recurring gift via your DAF?

Many people do not realize that you can make a recurring gift from a DAF which allows us to plan more thoughtfully for the coming year thus making the most of your donations. And you can always cancel if your priorities should change.

Many donors overlook the beneficiary designations on their DAFS.

One of the simplest ways to make a future gift is via beneficiary designations. If you have a DAF and want to be sure it is distributed to causes you love if something happens to you, be sure to utilize this option.

Did you know your employer might match your grants from your DAF?

DAF donors know that employers cannot match contributions to a DAF, but many will match donations to charities that are made from a DAF. Check with your employer to see if grants you are wishing to make could generate a matching gift as well!

What about non-cash assets?

Research shows that over 60% of donations to Fidelity Charitable came from non-cash assets, mostly stocks, but also real estate, nonpublic securities, even cryptocurrencies.  If you are considering donating complex assets, a DAF might be something to explore (but do check with your tax advisors always, as tax implications change regularly over time).

I’m here to help, too. Please call if you would like to know more about grants from Donor Advised Funds and how they can work to save the lives of lost, stray, abandoned, neglected, and abused animals coming to Humane Society Naples for comfort and care.


Kim Hanson
Senior Philanthropy Officer
Humane Society Naples
(239) 438-4624


Kim Hanson recently joined HSN’s Community Affairs team as Senior Philanthropy Officer. With more than 45 years in the nonprofit development field, Kim had served for the past 7 years as the Major & Planned Giving Officer for Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in Palm Beach County. She will be posting a monthly blog on our HSN website about ways of saving the precious lives entrusted to us through a variety of charitable giving vehicles.

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