Donor-Advised Funds

Your donor-advised fund (DAF) can bring solar power to those who need it most.

How to Donate Through Your DAF 

SELF makes it easy to donate through your DAF. Simply use the form on this page and select your financial institution or community foundation when prompted.

Alternatively, you may work directly with your sponsoring organization and provide them SELF’s tax-exempt number: 52-1701564 

How Do DAFs Work? 

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a personal fund designated for charitable causes. A donor may set up a DAF with a financial institution or community foundation. The donor can then contribute cash or non-cash assets to use at any point in the future.

What are the Benefits of Using a DAF?  

A DAF can streamline the philanthropic process. It acts as a repository for multiple investment types and can fund multiple charities or initiatives. A donor can contribute assets to their DAF anytime and donate those funds when the need arises.  

Giving through a DAF is also tax efficient. When donating cash, you can take a deduction of up to 60% of adjusted gross income (AGI). For other assets, such as appreciated stock or property, you can deduct up to 30% of your AGI. DAFs allow you to take these deductions in one year and give with those funds in the next. When donating appreciated stock and cryptocurrency, you also avoid capital gains tax.  

Please consult your tax professional to understand the specific benefits available to you. 

What Will My Gift Support? 

Your gift will support renewable energy projects in unelectrified or under-electrified places. With a focus on rural and marginalized communities, SELF’s work pursues a dual mission of fighting both climate change and poverty using solar power. 

Our projects span diverse needs—from electrifying hospitals to powering schools and so much more. But each uses the power of the sun to drive meaningful change. And because this work addresses poverty at its roots, you can give through your DAF today and know you’re having a lasting impact.  

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SELF is a global leader in the fight against energy poverty. Since 1990, we’ve pioneered unique applications for solar energy, powering progress on food security, health care, education, gender equity, and more. 

501(c)(3) non-profit organization EIN: 52-1701564

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