Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds (DAF) are the fastest-growing tools for philanthropic giving. The CDC Foundation wants to make it easy to give with this DAF Direct option. Unlike credit card donations, DAF grants are not subject to a processing fee, so 100% of your grant goes to the CDC Foundation.  You can designate your giving where needed most, to the Emergency Response Fund, or to any of our many named and endowed funds.

If you have a donor advised fund with Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, BYI Mellon or Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, you can use the DAF Direct tool to the right of this page to recommend a grant from your fund to the CDC Foundation (if you are on a phone, scroll to the bottom to find the DAF Direct Tool).

If you have a donor advised fund with another organization, like Vanguard Charitable, TIAA Charitable or your local community foundation, please contact them directly to recommend your grant to the CDC Foundation. Thank you!

To use a DAF, you will need the following information:

Legal Name: National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Inc.
Location: Atlanta, GA
Federal Tax ID Number: 58-2106707

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Helene Erenberg, director of major gifts and individual support, at or 404-443-1139.

What is a Donor Advised Fund?

A Donor Advised Fund is a charitable giving vehicle sponsored by a public charity (called the sponsoring organization).

  • You establish your Donor Advised Fund by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible contribution to a sponsoring organization. 
  • You surrender legal ownership of the monies in the fund, but retain advisory privileges. 
  • The sponsoring organization then makes grants from the DAF over time to IRS-qualified public nonprofits like the CDC Foundation. 
  • Your donation is also invested based on your preferences, so it has the potential to grow, tax-free, while you’re deciding which charities to support.

What are the Benefits of a Donor Advised Fund?

  • You are eligible for an immediate tax deduction.
  • It simplifies record-keeping; you only have one tax receipt.
  • You advise the sponsoring organization on how to grant the money to your favorite nonprofits.
  • Your donation is invested, so it has the potential to grow, tax-free, while you decide which nonprofits to support.
  • Contributing assets other than cash is simple with a Donor Advised Fund. Assets you can contribute include publicly traded securities, mutual fund shares, bitcoin, private equity and hedge fund interests, real estate, certain complex assets, such as privately held C-corp and S-corp shares.