Frequently Asked Questions

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program administered by a third party that allows donors to receive immediate tax benefits (donations treated as tax-deductible charitable contributions) with the flexibility to easily support their favorite charities.

A donor-advised fund typically only focuses on dispersing money. In addition to prioritizing the safe distribution of funds, we offer a robust community and tools to support nonprofits on the free NPOconnect® platform. NPOconnect® facilitates donor relationship management, data insights, and more.

The Blackbaud Giving Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates exclusively for charitable purposes. The Blackbaud Giving Fund is not controlled by and is not a program or activity of Blackbaud, Inc.

We sent you a check because one or more donors wanted to support your cause through either a corporate giving program or an individual fundraiser campaign. We have issued them a receipt on your behalf.

Cash it! Put it in the bank and use it to support your mission. We invite you to sign up for NPOconnect® the free platform designed to simplify donation management. On the platform you can opt for ACH payments, access dashboards, review data, analyze volunteer activity, engage with new or existing donors, and more.

YourCause® empowers grantmaking and employee engagement in corporate social responsibility programs through state-of-the-art tools designed to meet the needs of companies and their employees around the world. Together with YourCause® we offer a transparent, simplified, and safe giving experience for companies, donors, and nonprofits.

JustGiving® offers individuals the opportunity to raise money for causes or organizations they care about. JustGiving® also provides nonprofits the tools to add a ‘donate’ button to their website. Together with JustGiving® we make it easy for individuals and nonprofits to raise money.

Eligible U.S. grants include grants to:

  1. churches or conventions or associations of churches (§170(b)(1)(A)(i))
  2. universities, colleges, and primary schools (§170(b)(1)(A)(ii))
  3. hospitals and medical research organizations (§170(b)(1)(A)(iii))
  4. organizations formed for the benefit of public universities (§170(b)(1)(A)(iv))
  5. states and possesions of the United States and political subdivisions of the United States and its states and possessions (§170(b)(1)(A)(v))
  6. publicy-supported charities(§170(b)(1)(A)(vi) or §509(a)(2))
  7. private operating foundations (§4942(j)(3))
  8. Type I, Type II or functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations (§509(a)(3))
Ineligible U.S. grants include grants to:
  1. private-non-operating foundations (§509(a))
  2. non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations (§509(a)(3))
  3. support a political campaign or lobbying activity
Foreign Charitable Organizations:
The Blackbaud Giving Fund may make grants to a foreign nonprofit organization if The Blackbaud Giving Fund, through an established process, can make a reasonable, good faith determination that the organization is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity.
In addition, The Blackbaud Giving Fund has established partner relationships with certain domestic and foreign grantmaking organizations. The Blackbaud Giving Fund, after conducting diligence on such partner's recipient eligibility vetting procedures, uses these partners to facilitate certain grants to foreign charitable organizations.