Donor Advised Fund Application

Donor Advised Fund Application

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Before starting this application, please review our philanthropic services and grantmaking FAQ here.

Your application answers will serve as information for us to evaluate a fit for a charitable fund at Tides and as the starting point of our future partnership if accepted. 

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Your application will not be officially submitted to Tides until you click the 'Submit' button. You will have an opportunity to review and correct required fields and to print your final responses before submission. If you are unable to submit your application, please save your application and send an email to [email protected] for assistance.

Please reach out to your direct contact at Tides or [email protected] if you have any other questions. 
Applications can only be submitted by invited applicants. If you have reached this page without a direct invitation and are interested in submitting an application, please fill out our Partner with Us form. 

Donor Advisor

A Donor Advisor has the authority to make recommendations regarding distributions from a fund, and to update, modify, or request other administrative changes to the fund. Unless otherwise established, each Donor Advisor to a fund has separate, full, and equal authority. 

First Additional Donor Advisor

Second Additional Donor Advisor

A fund affiliate has viewing access to a fund's account, but does not have the recommendation or administrative authority of a Donor Advisor.

First Fund Affiliate

Second Fund Affiliate

Fund Details and Investment Options

Fund Details

Please choose a name for your fund.  For example, "The Garcia Family Fund" or "Coral Reef Fund".

All grants from Tides are sent with award letters that generally include acknowledgement of the donor or Fund. Please select the default acknowledgement from the options below (acknowledgement can be updated on a per grant basis when making grant recommendations as well).

Investment Options
Tides provides donors with the option of opening an invested Donor Advised Fund, which permits donors to recommend that Fund assets be invested in Tides mission-aligned investment allocations. If you are interested in learning more about this option, please select “Yes”, and we will contact you to discuss our Investing for Impact resources and fees with you.

*A separate fee structure applies for invested Donor Advised Funds.

Investment allocations will be finalized upon DAF application approval.

Mission, Impact, and Grantmaking

Mission and Impact

Tides envisions a world of shared prosperity and social justice, founded on equality and human rights, a sustainable environment, healthy individuals and communities, and quality education.

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Tides offers a range of philanthropic advisory services from core grants management to enhanced services such as philanthropic planning, program development, issue area landscape analysis, and grantee research and analysis.

*Note: Enhanced services will be scoped out after request and assessed additional philanthropic services fees.

To select multiple items, hold down Ctrl button (PC) or Command button (Mac) while making your selections.

*Reporting requirements will be finalized with your Tides Advisor.

Funding, Fundraising, and Expenses

Funding and Fundraising

Please note that the minimum initial total contribution for a Donor Advised Fund is $100,000.

Contribution transmittal instructions will be provided once the fund is approved.

Please review Tides' Online Payment Platforms Policy for a list of approved vendors.


Successor Advisors

A fund may maintain one generation of successor advisor(s), and/or may designate specific issue area(s) or organization(s) that would be supported by amounts remaining in the fund if the donor, donor advisor and/or any named successor(s) are unable or unwilling to make recommendations regarding remaining amounts, subject to review and approval of Foundation staff.

First Successor Advisor

Second Successor Advisor

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Review and Submission Instructions

Click the "Review" button below to validate all required fields are complete. Any items requiring updated responses will be highlighted. After all highlighted fields are updated fully, the "Review" button will take you to a final page for review of your application responses. You may also print and save a copy of your application from this page.  

At the bottom of the review page, click a final "Submit" button to submit your application to Tides.  An email confirmation that your application has been received will be sent to the email address provided on page 1 of this application.

If you are unable to submit your application, please save your application and send an email to [email protected] for assistance.