Donor Advised Fund 


A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) works like a charitable bank account. You make an initial contribution to establish a fund, using gifts of cash, and/or appreciated publicly traded securities, and/or closely-held stock. The funds deposited into your individual account are carefully invested by the CertusCharitable Gift Fund's Investment & Acceptance Committee, and the net income is credited to the your personalized DAF, similar to a mutual fund.

As a donor advisor, you can recommend charitable contributions from your DAF to non-profit organizations of your choice throughout the year. Contributing to a DAF allows you to enjoy the tax advantages, while minimizing the detailed administration and regulation of the gifting process.


Implement a customized giving environment for your grant seekers in which all donations and gift related data, transactions and entries flow seamlessly from an online point of entry submission to approval and check distribution.

This fully integrated web-based charitable giving platform supports the administration of your philanthropic giving and management of related transactions and communication.

Major strengths of C-Giving® include:
  • Online Corporate/Grant Seeker access
  • Online Fund/Grant Statements
  • Grants Distribution Management


C-Giving allows your organization to implement a customized white-labeled accounting environment in which all finance and accounting related data, transactions and entries flow seamlessly from multiple points of entry in their respective operational areas to the finance and accounting component of the foundation system.

This fully integrated online charitable management platform supports the administration of all major planned giving account types and the management of related transactions and communication.

C-Giving® supports an unlimited number of users, and supporting organizations/staff members associated with your foundation.

Major strengths of a custom C-Giving® application include:
  • Online Donor Access
  • Online Private Labeled Fund Statements
  • Donor Relationship Management
  • Grants Distribution Management
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