Our most impactful year yet Explore our 2023 Impact Report

Giving infrastructure

We offer tools, resources, and support, including a Donor Advised Fund program and expert team of global grant-makers, to make the practicalities of giving quick and easy.

Maximize funds

Take advantage of tax benefits and investment options with a Founders Pledge DAF

Give with ease & confidence

Our team facilitate grants and apply rigorous due diligence

Prioritize impact

We’re experts in making grants to complex, innovative, global nonprofits

Our Donor Advised Fund (DAF) program

We offer an optional, in-house DAF to Founders Pledge members as a flexible, efficient, and secure way to maximize donations.

What is a DAF?
Why choose a Founders Pledge DAF?

How your DAF works

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Fund your DAF

Open your account and contribute, as much and as often as you like. We accept multiple currencies and assets (including cash, public and private securities, cryptocurrency, and more). You can transfer from another DAF or account.

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Learn & plan

Explore our research, learn about high-impact funding opportunities, or work with an Advisor. For members with access to investment options, your funds will grow while you dig in.

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Make grants

As you make decisions about when and where you want to give, request grants from your DAF. We facilitate global grant-making on your behalf.

To find out more about our DAF program, including US investment options, please get in touch.

Expert stewardship

Our Philanthropic Services team brings deep expertise to help members navigate the decisions and logistics around giving.

Complex assets

We support a broad spectrum of giving, so you can both give more and give more effectively. We'll guide you through making contributions of private shares and illiquid assets. As you think about your long-term charitable intentions, we can work with you to establish planned or legacy gifts that fit into your will or estate planning.

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Comprehensive due diligence

We go above and beyond to review each grant holistically. This ensures that our grant-making does not cause harm, and that our grantees are financially stable and above reproach in their policies and governance.

Flexibility & security

We use a risk-based approach that applies simplicity where appropriate and depth when needed. Our processes cover nine different risk factors, including organizational status, abuse of funds, and failure of safeguarding. We have extra measures in place when we assess complex grants and the high-impact funding opportunities identified by our Research team. After grants have been made, we follow up with careful monitoring to verify compliance.

Zero harm, guaranteed

We see funding work or activities that cause harm as a primary risk when making grants. We’ve developed a Zero Harm Grant-Making Policy to guarantee that no grant supports an organization or group that could actively cause harm to people, animals, or the environment. We prioritize this resource-intensive policy because we see it is an essential verification that our members’ donations are doing good.

Read our policy (.pdf)

Impact-first grant-making

We make grants that others won’t. Our team works creatively to help grants reach the most impactful recipients around the world, so you can fund early stage charities, innovative non-profits, and complex research initiatives.

Certain types of opportunities require more intensive vetting, and other institutions will only choose easier or ‘safer’ grantees instead. We explore and evaluate every chance to support high-impact projects; this means we end up supporting work that otherwise might not be funded.

Impact-first grant: TerraPraxis

Funding TerraPraxis when it was a brand-new organization allowed it to spend less time fundraising and more time designing its innovative solutions for hard-to-decarbonize sectors to tackle climate change.

Impact-first grant: Prof Tetlock

Supporting Professor Philip Tetlock and his team funded their research and their development of second-generation forecasting: work which may dramatically improve our ability to predict and mitigate the biggest risks humans face.