Donor Advised Funds Once you’ve decided on the parent charity it’s time to give your fund a name and transfer the initial assets to establish it. Almost immediately, you’re able to start advising the parent charity on how you’d like that money given away. You open your account with an amount that must meet the minimum set by the parent charity. In fact, that limit may be one of the reasons you selected the parent charity you did. You can amass the total required amount by combining several kinds of assets, such as cash, appreciated or restricted stocks, and real estate, but often the individual elements must be valued at a certain amount. Parent charities may impose these rules to streamline the process of liquidating the assets that aren’t already cash, as that’s their responsibility. In the case of appreciated securities, liquidation may be completed as quickly as the next trading day. Other, less liquid, gifts may take as long as a few months to process. After your initial gift, you can keep making additional gifts to increase the size of your fund. At most parent charities, you can give as often as you like, but the subsequent gifts must   Read more…