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A donor advised fund, which is like a charitable savings account, gives you the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted to San Diego State University and other charities.

You transfer cash or other assets to a tax-exempt sponsoring organization such as a public foundation. You can then recommend-but not direct-how much and how often money is granted. In addition, you avoid the cost and complexities of managing a private foundation.

In return, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction at the time you contribute to the account. This also allows for a centralized giving and record-keeping system in one location.

See the Difference You Can Make

Happy family Joe and Laura want to give back to their hometown by putting their money where it will do the most good. They establish a $25,000 donor advised fund with a community foundation.

The couple receives a federal income tax charitable deduction for the amount of the gift. They also get all the time they need to decide which charities to support.

After researching community needs with the foundation’s staff, Joe and Laura recommend grants for SDSU (which they've supported for years) and the Animal Rescue League. The foundation presents the charities with checks from the Megan Fund, which Joe and Laura named in honor of their granddaughter. Joe and Laura are delighted to start this personal legacy of giving.

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  1. Evaluate a sponsoring organization to make sure it supports your interests, values and the type of asset you are considering as a funding source.
  2. Get to know the organization's policies and procedures-from minimum contributions to administrative fees. Each organization handles these details differently.
  3. Contact us to discuss using donor advised funds to support SDSU and our mission.
  4. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor. Let us know if you need a referral.
  5. If you include SDSU in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID as listed below.
  6. Notify us of your gift.

Legal Name: The Campanile Foundation fbo San Diego State University
Address: San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
Federal Tax ID Number: 33-0868418

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