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July 15, 2020

Click here to complete your #HalfMyDAF commitment form.

Take the #HalfMyDaf challenge and put your money to work.

Do you have a Donor Advised Fund? Would you like your favorite nonprofits to be eligible to receive a matching grant of up to $25,000? We’re offering $1.4 million to help nonprofits help more people during this time of uncertainty.

Jennifer and David Risher had a goal to open up the system and motivate more giving today, when nonprofits can do so much to help those in need. When you take the #HalfMyDAF challenge, you’ll become a #HalfMyDAF Hero. Yes, it’s goofy. Hopefully it’s memorable. Most importantly, together, we can put millions of charitable dollars to work.

The context: Over $120 billion is sitting in Donor Advised Funds and community foundations—money that could be used to educate children, strengthen environmental gains made during the COVID-19 pandemic, support causes for racial justice, and so much more. Meanwhile, nonprofits are struggling for funding.

We want to help transform DAFs from being enormous parking lots into being funding superhighways, supporting nonprofits now, when they need it most.

So we are issuing a challenge. From May 5 through September 30, 2020, you can nominate nonprofits to be eligible for matching grants of up to $10,000— and in eight cases up to $25,000. All you need to do is commit to granting half of your DAF by September 30th and start giving. At least 150 nonprofits will receive matching grants—a total of $1.4 million in additional funding.

Here’s what to do as a donor:

1. Commit to halving your DAF, and make a grant to United Way of Charlotte County. When you have your grant confirmation, complete your #HalfMyDAF commitment form with the DAF grant confirmations attached. You can use this form as many times as you’d like— just attach each DAF confirmation form. 

2. You have until September 30th to #HalfMyDAF. You can give to any nonprofit and to as many nonprofits as you’d like (but we won’t match funds granted to organizations that promote hate speech, hate crimes, or gun ownership).

3. Have questions? Here’s a FAQ

4. Spread the word. We’ve found that the most engaged donors are those who talk with their friends and family about the causes they’re supporting. Tell them about #HalfMyDAF: the more people who accept the challenge, the more money goes to help those in need.