Donor Advised Fund Application

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Application Instructions

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Before starting this application, please review our Donor Advised Fund FAQ here and click through to review the application fully. 

Your application answers will allow 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 'Confirm' 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.

Donor Advisor & Fund Affliates

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 (primary recipient for all account communication)
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

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.  Please contact Tides for our Investing for Impact resources and to discuss selecting an invested Donor Advised Fund by selecting “Yes” below.* 

*A separate fee structure applies for invested Donor Advised Funds. Please contact Tides for further information regarding fees.

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.

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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.


Successor Advisors

A fund may maintain one generation of successor Advisor(s), and/or may designate specific issue area(s) or organization(s) that you'd like remaining amounts in the Fund to support if you and/or such successor(s) are unable or unwilling to act as Advisor(s), subject to review and discretion of Foundation staff. 

First Successor Advisor

Second Successor Advisor