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Funding Education: Approaches and Considerations for Supporting Scholarships via a Donor Advised Fund

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Many donors see education as one of the most important ways to make a difference with their philanthropy. There are many ways to approach education funding. For those who wish to increase educational opportunities for others, funding scholarships can be an important philanthropic strategy.

Philanthropic support for scholarships can be significant, even transformational, for the recipients. Scholarships can be funded with tax-deductible donations, and many donors use their donor-advised fund (DAF) to provide scholarship support. While there are different ways to structure scholarship support, such support must be provided in a way that complies with federal rules and regulations. The purpose of this guide is to help donors understand their options and determine the approach that best fits their goals and interests.

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