Daffy Charitable Fund Member Agreement

Updated November 2023

Terms and Conditions

This Agreement outlines the policies, procedures, rules, and restrictions associated with opening, joining, and maintaining Daffy Charitable Fund (“Daffy”) donor-advised fund (“DAF”) accounts. Member participation in Daffy is subject to these terms and conditions. In engaging with Daffy and Daffy donor-advised fund accounts, members agree to accept and be bound by this Agreement. Subject to IRS rules and guidelines governing DAF operations, Daffy reserves the right to modify or change this Agreement at any time for any reason.

In the event of modifications or changes, Daffy will update the Agreement on the Daffy website: https://www.daffy.org/legal/agreement. Members are responsible for periodically reviewing this Agreement to be informed of updates.

About Daffy Charitable Fund

Mission and Vision

Daffy, the Donor-Advised Fund for You™, is a charitable nonprofit with a simple mission: to help people be more generous, more often.

Our organization is inspired by a compelling vision: a world where everyone regularly puts something aside for those less fortunate than themselves.

Donor-Advised Funds

Daffy, a tax-exempt public charity, is a sponsoring organization that oversees and administers a tax-advantaged charitable giving vehicle known as a donor-advised fund (“DAF”).

  • When a donor becomes a member of Daffy, a new personal fund is created where they may provide recommendations to manage their personal and family charitable giving and all of their activities are separately maintained and accounted for.
  • Members may make a contribution to their fund at any time. Contributions to a fund are unconditional and irrevocable charitable donations to Daffy Charitable Fund, and as a result, members are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction for the calendar year when the contribution is made. All contributed non-cash assets are liquidated and the member is not responsible for capital gains taxes associated with such dispositions.
  • Members serve as an advisor over their fund with the ability to recommend how the fund is invested and distributed. Please note, however, that Daffy retains the ultimate authority and control over the assets in the account.
  • Members may recommend that their fund be invested in one of several investment portfolios for tax-free growth. All investment gains or losses are attributed to the fund and the full balance of the fund is available to be donated to charity at any time.
  • When a donor is ready to support a charitable organization, they may recommend a donation to any public charity as long as the donation does not violate the donation restrictions detailed below. Once approved, the donation amount is deducted from the fund and the donation is sent directly to the charity in the form of cash. Donations may be attributed to the donor or made anonymously and there is an option to recommend how the donation will be used by the organization. At least one donation must be made every year.

Daffy Charitable Fund

Daffy Charitable Fund (“Daffy”) is a tax-exempt public charity as described in Sections 501(c)(3), 509(a)(1), and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code. Daffy is eligible to receive charitable contributions under IRC Section 170(c). As per IRS requirements, all contributions are irrevocable and Daffy Charitable Fund retains exclusive legal control over all assets held in a Daffy fund. Daffy does not provide legal or tax advice and we recommend all members consult a tax professional to assess their specific situation before claiming any income tax deduction.


Becoming a Daffy Member and Creating a Fund

Only Daffy members are able to create or join a Daffy fund. New members can sign up for a Daffy account either through the mobile application available in the Apple AppStore™ or on the website at daffy.org. Daffy members first create a Daffy account by providing authentication credentials, as well as personal and financial information sufficient to ensure the safety and security of their own account as well as the Daffy community. This information includes but is not limited to: a member’s name, city of residence, and email address. If the member is creating a new fund, a link to a bank account, debit card, or credit card may be required. Additional information may be required to authorize transactions depending on the transaction size or its nature.

By becoming a member and opening a Daffy account, members are certifying that they will provide Daffy with accurate and complete personal identifying information and will notify Daffy of any changes. Daffy has the right to verify any information that is provided.

Any individual 18 years or older, corporation, or trust may become a Daffy member, create a Daffy fund, or join an existing Daffy fund. Members residing outside the US may not be eligible for an income tax deduction for contributions to a Daffy fund. Daffy is not responsible for reviewing the authority of designees for any corporation or trust.

With Daffy for Families, members, acting as an Organizer, may invite additional individuals that are at least 13 years old to join their fund as a Family Member. Organizers are ultimately responsible to ensure that all family members invited to join a fund have the explicit permission of a parent or guardian and that anyone that joins their fund abides by the policies in this Member Agreement.

Account Access
Daffy members may access their accounts at any time on the Daffy mobile application or at daffy.org by logging in with their selected username and password combination. For additional account security, options like two-factor authorization (“2FA”) are supported. Members are responsible for reviewing their accounts to ensure their accounts are secure. Daffy is not responsible for any losses resulting from account fraud, theft, or any other unauthorized activity.

Please note that each Daffy account (username and email address) can only access one Daffy fund. Members who want to join more than one fund, will need to create multiple accounts.

Fund Identification
When a new member joins Daffy, they create or join an individual fund where the assets that they have contributed (after liquidation) are held and invested until donation(s) are made to charity or the account is terminated.

Each fund will have a public facing name that will be displayed on a member’s profile and provided to charities that receive donations from the fund. Fund names may be customized by any Organizer associated with the fund. Examples include: “The Doe Family Charitable Fund”, “The Jamie Doe Giving Fund”, and “World Peace Fund”. All fund names are subject to Daffy’s Content Policy below. Daffy reserves the right not to approve a name and may remove or edit the name until the member has an opportunity to update it.

Daffy for Families
Daffy for Families is designed to help families of all types give together more easily by allowing members to share their fund with other people in their family. The Daffy member who first creates the fund becomes an Organizer and may appoint one additional Organizer with equal access and privileges. Family funds can include up to 24 members total, with a maximum of 2 Organizers. Additional Family Members can make requests to the fund Organizers to make donation recommendations, but cannot make contributions to the fund.

  • Organizers are independent members, each with their own account (username and password) and profile, and may be any individual, corporation, or trust, subject to Daffy’s eligibility requirements, regardless of family relation. Once added, each Organizer has equal access to the fund, including the ability to contribute at any time and recommend donations up to the full balance of the account without additional approval. Neither organizer can be removed from the account by the other without their consent. Upon the death or incapacitation of an organizer, the second Organizer, if there is one, continues to manage the fund and the fund does not transfer to a successor until both organizers are no longer able to manage it.
  • Family Members are additional members added to a fund with limited privileges. Family Members must be at least 13 years old and will have their own account (username and password) and profile (which is not visible outside of members of the Family fund for anyone under 18). Family Members will not be able to contribute to a fund or edit any settings. Family Members may request donation recommendations which are sent to Organizers to be accepted or denied. Organizers are responsible for ensuring that all accepted donation recommendations and their public comments adhere to the restrictions detailed in this Member Agreement.

Daffy for Work
Daffy for Work is a program where employers encourage their employees to open a Daffy account and possibly contribute to their fund, match contributions, match donations, or cover their membership dues. In the case that a member’s account is linked to an employer, Daffy has the right to verify the member’s employment status periodically and share certain information with the employer regarding the member’s engagement with their Daffy account. This may include number and frequency of contributions and/or donations, total amount donated in a time period, and/or the dollar amount of specific donations for the purpose of making a matching donation. Although some employers may choose to cover the membership dues of an employee, membership levels and their corresponding dues still apply. Some employers may set a default charitable beneficiary to receive the proceeds of a member’s fund if the member has not set up their “Legacy Plan” (as hereinafter defined) and the account becomes dormant. Once Daffy is notified that the member is no longer employed with the sponsor or that the employer is terminating its sponsorship, the member will be responsible for all future membership dues.

Membership Levels and Dues

Daffy currently offers different levels of membership based on the features selected. These membership levels, supported by monthly membership dues, are outlined below.

  • The Contributor membership level provides a member access to their personal donor-advised fund. Unlimited recurring and one-time contributions can be made through a linked bank-account, debit or credit card, or ApplePay™ (daily limits apply). Additionally, members at this level are able to contribute up to $25,000 worth of publicly traded stock, crypto, or cash transfers from other donor-advised funds during the lifetime of their fund. Members may recommend how their fund is invested by selecting from a range of portfolios invested in global stocks, bonds, cash, and crypto assets. Members whose fund has a balance of less than $100 are not assessed a monthly membership fee.
  • The Family membership level provides access to the same features and capabilities as the Contributor level, with the added ability to add additional family members to their fund, up to a total of 24 members on a single family fund. Additional members on the same fund are not individually assessed membership fees. See Daffy for Families for more details about the roles and privileges additional members may have.
  • The Benefactor membership level provides access to all of the same features and capabilities as the Family level, with the added ability to make unlimited contributions of publicly-traded stocks, crypto, or cash transfers from other donor-advised funds.

Daffy reserves the right to modify the features and privileges available to each level of membership, as well as the expected membership dues for each level.

Membership Dues
Daffy membership dues are based on level of membership and are currently charged on a monthly basis directly to each fund. Members can review the membership dues for each level on the Daffy website: Membership Pricing.

If there is an insufficient balance in a member’s fund, the member’s account will be suspended, and the member will be prompted to contribute additional funds. The account will remain suspended until additional funds are transferred by the member. Daffy reserves the right to schedule a minimum contribution to cover the difference in dues owed.

Account Minimums and Limits

Initial Contribution
To create a new fund an initial one-time contribution of at least $100 or a commitment to take the Daffy Pledge with a recurring contribution is required.

One-time Contributions
After the initial funding, one-time contributions of cash have no minimum. The minimum contribution of stock is $1,000. When donating crypto, please pay attention to the instructions within the app that detail the minimum requirements for each coin. Failing to follow these instructions may result in permanent loss of funds. Depending on your membership level, cumulative contributions of stock, crypto, or DAF transfers may automatically upgrade your membership. Further information on our membership levels is available on the Daffy website: Membership.

Recurring Contributions
Recurring cash contributions (known as the “Daffy Pledge”) have a minimum of $10 per week or $25 per month. Recurring contributions can be made with a linked bank account or credit/debit card.

Minimum Fund Balance and Fees
Unlike other donor-advised funds Daffy does not have a minimum fund balance and does not charge an annual minimum fee. This policy is subject to change.

An unlimited number of one-time or recurring donations may be recommended from a fund in any given month. A donation recommendation has a minimum amount of $18. If a member recommends a donation that exceeds the fund balance, Daffy offers the member the ability to schedule a contribution to fully fund the donation recommendation. Daffy only approves a donation recommendation if sufficient funds are available in the fund.

Minimum Annual Distributions & Inactivity
Daffy members are encouraged to make regular and continuous contributions and donations throughout the year. If no donation recommendations are made from a fund for a continuous 12-month period, Daffy considers the fund “inactive” and will make a donation of $25 on behalf of the fund to a charitable beneficiary or to Daffy’s general charitable fund, by the sole discretion of Daffy.

For all inactive funds, Daffy will make multiple attempts to contact an associated member with the contact information provided. If the fund remains “inactive” for an additional 12 months period, then the fund’s Legacy Plan will be enacted and the proceeds from liquidating the fund will be distributed accordingly and the fund will be closed. If no Legacy Plan is in place, a distribution will be made to a charitable beneficiary or Daffy’s general charitable fund by the sole discretion of Daffy, and the fund will be closed.

Members are solely responsible for making sure their contact information is up to date and that they can receive email messages from Daffy Support (support@daffy.org).


Daffy will provide confirmations of transactions through the Daffy mobile application, website, or by email. While Daffy maintains these records for active members, members are advised to save these confirmations for their records.

Daffy provides an annual summary of contributions as well as other financial information or reports required by law. Daffy members also have access to investment valuations and performance information through Daffy’s account portals.

If a donor contributes publicly-traded securities or crypto assets, Daffy provides donors with confirmation of the quantity and an estimated fair market value of the contribution on the date of receipt, as well as the liquidated value attributed to the fund. Nevertheless, donors are completely responsible for the value they claim as a deduction on their tax returns. Daffy recommends that all members consult with a licensed tax professional for any items claimed on their tax returns.

Legacy Planning

After creating a fund, members are able to notify Daffy of a successor advisor or a charitable beneficiary for their fund (a “Legacy Plan”). Daffy must be directly notified of any successor advisor or charitable beneficiary (testamentary instruments or instructions to an executor, personal representative, or agent will not be accepted). If a member dies, control over the member’s fund will pass to the member’s named successor or a donation for the full amount of the account will be made to the member’s charitable beneficiary in Daffy’s sole discretion.

However, if there is an additional Organizer associated with the fund, that person will remain as the advisor for the fund and the Legacy Plan will not be enacted. A Legacy Plan may be updated at any time by the member that created the fund or, in the case of a family fund, any Organizer that joined the fund.

If there are no remaining member advisors associated with the fund and a Legacy Plan was not submitted to Daffy by a member with authority to do so , any remaining balance will be transferred to Daffy’s general charitable fund.

In the case of Daffy for Work, an employer may set a default charitable beneficiary subject to Daffy’s approval and review process. The employee is able to update their Legacy Plan at any time.

Successor Advisors
Successor advisors are individuals or entities that a member appoints to take over as the advisor on a member’s fund when they pass away. All successors must meet Daffy’s eligibility criteria described above. Upon knowledge of a member’s death, Daffy will do its best to contact a successor with the contact information provided by the member. The member is solely responsible for making sure Daffy has updated contact information for the successor.

At the time of the member’s passing, if the successor is unreachable, unavailable or unwilling to take responsibility for the fund, any remaining balance will be transferred to Daffy’s general charitable fund. Further information on Daffy’s successor advisor procedures is available on the Daffy website: FAQ - What is a Legacy Plan?.

Charitable Beneficiary
Charitable Beneficiaries are nonprofit organizations that may receive a donation subject to Daffy’s approval and review process when a fund’s Legacy Plan is enacted. Charitable beneficiaries must be permissible charitable organizations as described below. Upon notification of a member’s death, Daffy will review the charitable beneficiary designation and make an unrestricted donation to the charitable beneficiary of the liquidated fund’s proceeds in Daffy’s sole discretion. The member is solely responsible for making sure Daffy has the correct contact information for the organization and that the organization is still operable and in good standing with the IRS.

At the time of the member’s passing, if the charitable beneficiary is unreachable or no longer operable, or if the terms of the Legacy Plan violate Daffy’s Donation Use Restrictions as described below, any remaining balance will be transferred to Daffy’s general charitable fund. Further information on Daffy’s charitable beneficiary procedures is available on the Daffy website: FAQ - What is a Legacy Plan?.

Content Policy

Members have several opportunities to customize their account profile and the information that is sent with every donation to charity. The information inputted by members does not represent the views or wishes of Daffy Charitable Fund.

Daffy does not permit content that is unlawful, harassing, inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, obscene, fraudulent, harmful, threatening, abusive, hateful, or is otherwise determined to be objectionable or inappropriate by us. Daffy reserves the right to remove or edit any content on its platform.

Error Policy

Members are responsible for notifying Daffy at support@daffy.org of any suspected errors in their account within 10 days of the error occurring. However, Daffy is not responsible for investment losses that may occur in an account due to an error. Please note that all contributions are irrevocable and may only be distributed to a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Terminating an Account

Members may request that their account be terminated at any time. If they are the last remaining member on a fund, they will be given an opportunity to submit their final donation recommendation, subject to the donation restrictions listed below. Once approved, the balance of the fund will be sent to the final charity and their account and fund will be closed.

In the unlikely event that a member breaks this Member Agreement, Daffy reserves the right to terminate or lock their account. In the case of such an event, Daffy reserves the right to distribute the balance of an associated fund to Daffy’s general charitable fund.


When a member adds cash or appreciated assets to their fund they are making an unconditional and irrevocable contribution to Daffy Charitable Fund, a tax-exempt public charity as described in Sections 501(c)(3), 509(a)(1), and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributing members, depending on their individual tax situation, may be eligible to take an income tax deduction for the contribution for the year in which it was contributed. The contributed assets are no longer a part of the individual member’s personal estate and Daffy Charitable Fund retains exclusive legal control over all balances in a Daffy fund. While tax considerations are mentioned within this agreement and on daffy.org, Daffy does not provide legal or tax advice and we recommend all members consult a tax professional to assess their specific situation before claiming any income tax deduction.

By making a contribution, Daffy members certify that the assets they are contributing are completely and solely owned by the member and their spouse, in an account that allows for charitable distributions, and that there are sufficient funds to cover the contribution amount.

Once received and settled all incoming contributions are deposited in the member’s fund. Please note that all non-cash assets are liquidated and the final deposit into the fund is based on the actual sale price of the stock, net of fees (which may not match the value listed on the Tax Receipt - see Tax Considerations below).

All deposits are then invested in the fund’s selected investment portfolio. Contributions remain in the fund until a donation is recommended or the account is terminated (as described herein).

Acceptable Contributions

Daffy accepts the following contributions:

Minimums and limits apply - see Account Minimums and Limits.

Daffy reserves the right to reject a contribution to Daffy at any time for any reason and will return the contribution to the originating source.

Submitting a Contribution

Members should submit all contributions by going to the “Add Funds” section of daffy.org or our iOS mobile app. For stock, crypto, and DAF transfers, members should submit a contribution intent for every subsequent contribution. For additional information about our partners that process the contributions, detailed instructions on how to submit stock, crypto, and DAF Transfer contributions, and contribution timing please refer to the Daffy website: FAQ - Contributions. Daffy is not responsible for processing delays, errors, or rejections caused by our partners, a member’s financial institution, or failure to follow transferring instructions.


All contributions to a fund are unconditional and irrevocable. Once they have contributed to a fund, members have advisory privileges and are able to recommend how a fund is invested and distributed. However, Daffy retains ultimate control.

Third-Party Contributors

In certain cases, individuals or entities other than a member may make a contribution into a fund. In that case, the originating donor will receive the receipt for the contribution. The member is not able to take a tax-deduction for those contributions. Members must notify Daffy of all third-party contributions before they are made so that the contribution is attributed to the correct fund when received.

DAF Transfers
Members with existing donor-advised funds with other sponsoring organizations may request that their DAF be transferred to Daffy. This is generally done by submitting to their provider a donation recommendation to Daffy Charitable Fund (Tax ID: 86‑3177440). Daffy is not responsible for processing delays, errors, or rejections caused by a member’s sponsoring organization.

Tax Considerations

This information is meant to be educational and should not be construed as tax advice. As always, we recommend consulting a tax professional.

Income Tax Deduction

Members may generally take a tax deduction after making a contribution to Daffy. Daffy Charitable Fund (Tax ID 86-3177440) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. This charitable deduction may be used to offset a portion of taxable income; however, the amount eligible for deduction varies depending on a donor’s filing status, income, and contribution made. Donors are only eligible for a tax deduction when making a contribution to Daffy; donors may not take an additional deduction when a donation is recommended from their fund to a charity.

For publicly traded securities owned for more than a year, the IRS defines the Fair Market Value (FMV) of a contributed asset to be the average of the high and low price on the date the contribution is effective. Daffy provides this information for the date the contribution was received which may not be the date the member lost control of the assets. All valuations listed are estimates and provided to help support our members in their tax filing needs. These valuations do not represent tax advice and Daffy does not guarantee the accuracy of the valuations provided. Members have full discretion on the date and the valuation claimed as a tax deduction. Generally, securities owned for less than a year may only be deducted at their original cost basis.

Capital Gains Tax and Tax Free Growth

When a non-cash asset is contributed to Daffy, Daffy takes ownership of the asset and immediately liquidates it. The proceeds of the liquidation are then deposited into the contributing member’s fund. Because Daffy, a tax-exempt entity, owns the asset at the time of liquidation, no capital gains taxes are assessed to Daffy members. Similarly, the fund may be invested and all investment gains are tax-free to the member.

Additional Reporting Requirements

Members that have contributed non-cash assets valuing more than $500 and are claiming an incoming tax deduction may be required to include IRS Form 8283 with their tax filings. Please note that Daffy Charitable Fund is not required to sign the form for publicly-traded securities and that according to IRS Form 8283 instructions, for securities owned for more than a year, Cost Basis is not required.

Members that have contributed non-cash assets valuing more than $500 and are claiming an income tax deduction may be required to include IRS Form 8283 with their tax filings. Please note that Daffy Charitable Fund is not required to sign the form unless the non-publicly traded asset is valued over $5,000. Please send all forms that require a signature to support+8283@daffy.org. For members who have contributed more than $5,000 in cryptocurrency, the information provided by Daffy does not fulfill a member’s potential requirement to obtain a qualified appraisal per IRS Form 8283 and Daffy cannot provide appraisal services. Additionally, Daffy is required to complete IRS Form 8282, listing the member’s name, contact information, and contributed assets. Daffy will share this form with the member by email within 125 days of the asset being contributed.

Investment Options

Investment Portfolios

Members who create a fund or join a fund as an Organizer may select from a variety of investment portfolios to invest their fund assets and may change this selection at any time. These investment portfolios offer members the potential for their funds to grow tax-free, potentially providing additional funding to the charities of their choice. Investment portfolios have been designed to offer a range of investment characteristics: some portfolios are more conservative, while others are more aggressive and their composition of investments vary.

Currently, Daffy offers portfolios invested in public market exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), cash, and selected crypto assets, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. For a complete list of current portfolios offered by Daffy, please refer to the Daffy website: https://www.daffy.org/portfolios.

All investment portfolios are subject to change by Daffy at any time. Daffy will retain full authority and control over the DAF accounts. Daffy does not and will not provide members with investment advice. Investments may carry significant risk of volatility, and Daffy does not guarantee that an invested fund will earn any positive rate of return. Daffy will not be liable for any diminution in the value of a fund, including losses that may occur from investing in any portfolio.

Investment Advisor

Daffy may retain the services of one or more investment advisors to assist with the construction of investment portfolio options. However, Daffy is not and will not be acting in the capacity of a registered investment company or a registered investment adviser (as such term is defined by the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 or any state law) or an agent to any member or other third-party customer or client. Further, pursuant to available exemptions under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Daffy qualifies for an exemption from registration as a registered investment company and a registered investment adviser, respectively. Daffy will utilize the services of a registered broker-dealer in connection with the investment of its assets and is not responsible for any system or software failures of any third-party, including such broker-dealer.

Donation Recommendations

Recommending a Donation

Members may submit a donation recommendation at any time after a fund has been created and its initial contribution received. While Daffy does its best to fulfill all recommendations that meet our guidelines, member recommendations are only advisory; Daffy retains ultimate control over Daffy funds and reserves the right to deny any donation recommendation for any reason. In the event this were to occur, Daffy generally notifies members of a denial within 30 days of the recommendation being submitted and will cancel the donation recommendation. Members may not impose restrictions or conditions on the assets in a fund. Donations that have already been approved and issued cannot be canceled by the member.

Family Members on a fund do not have the ability to submit a donation recommendation at their own discretion. Family Members can make donation requests to the Family Organizer(s) on their fund. Organizers associated with the fund are responsible for reviewing the request and accepting, modifying, or denying the request before it is submitted to Daffy as a donation recommendation. By accepting a donation request, an Organizer certifies that the donation recommendation adheres to the restrictions detailed below.

Donation minimums apply - see Account Minimums and Limits.

Recognition and Anonymity
When recommending a donation, a Daffy member may request to be identified to the recipient charity by name, contact information, and fund name. Under IRS guidance, naming rights are an incidental benefit, so members are permitted to receive naming rights upon recommending a donation. Alternatively, a donation may be made anonymously and the members associated with the fund will not be identified to recipient charities. Daffy reserves the right to limit anonymity under certain circumstances.

Public and Private Notes
When recommending a donation, a Daffy member may include a note to be publicly displayed on the charity’s and member’s profile. This note is intended to be a generalized explanation of why the member supports the selected charity and should not convey any instructions for the particular donation recommendation.

Additionally, Daffy members may also include a private note with a donation recommendation that is shared with the recipient organization. This note may be used to convey the member’s recommendation on how the donation is to be used.

Daffy reviews all public and private notes to ensure that all donations adhere to the Donation Use Restrictions listed below as well as our Content Policy above.

Recurring Donation Recommendations
Donation recommendations may be set up to be sent on a scheduled or recurring basis. Daffy will verify the donation recommendation at the time of each submission and each payment. Recurring donation recommendations are subject to the same Donation Use Restrictions listed below. Daffy may suspend a recurring donation recommendation if the fund does not have enough balance to cover a recurrence or if the charity is no longer eligible to receive a donation. Members will be notified of any suspended recurring donations and will be given a chance to contribute funds and reactivate their donation. A recurring donation recommendation may be canceled at any time; however, if a recurrence is already in process it may not be cancelable.

Charitable Recipients

Permissible Recipients
A donation may be recommended to any charity deemed eligible by Daffy. Daffy limits charitable recipients to U.S. 501(c)(3) private operating foundations described in Section 4942(j)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and public charities described in Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code that are in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). Daffy derives its selection from the IRS Exempt Organizations Business Master File. Additionally, tax-exempt organizations that are not required to file with the IRS, such as churches and government entities like public schools, may be eligible to receive a donation on a case-by-case basis. An organization appearing in the Daffy charity search tool does not guarantee that a donation to that organization will be approved as Daffy reaffirms its eligibility periodically.

Members that wish to donate to organizations that are currently not listed may send them to support@daffy.org. Please include the mailing address, tax ID, website, and current contact information if possible. Daffy will do its best to contact the organization, verify its tax exempt status, and add it to the database. Daffy is not responsible for unresponsive organizations or organizations that won’t share the proper information necessary to be deemed eligible.

Daffy reserves the right to modify its list of permissible charitable recipients and eligibility criteria at any time for any reason.

Impermissible Recipients
Daffy does not permit members to recommend donations to:

  • non-U.S. charitable organizations
  • private foundations that are not classified as operating foundations
  • Section 509(a)(3) supporting organizations
  • natural persons
  • employer-sponsored disaster relief funds

Daffy prohibits members from recommending donations to known or suspected terrorists or organizations known to support terrorists. Accordingly, Daffy prohibits donations to organizations listed on the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Specifically Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List.

Daffy may also use other watchlists to revoke an organization’s eligibility.

Donation Use Restrictions

Donation recommendations may not be made for any non-charitable or improper purpose. Members may NOT recommend donations that:

  • satisfy a pre-existing, legally-binding pledge or obligation for their private benefit
  • provide more than an incidental benefit to the member, or any of the aforementioned’s family or 35% controlled entity (together, a “Disqualified Person”). Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • payment for tuition
    • tickets to a gala
    • auction items
    • certain annual membership benefits offered in exchange for a payment of more than $75
  • cover any portion of a donation that would result in anything more than an incidental benefit accruing to a Disqualified Person, even if that portion is deemed tax-deductible by the charity (known as bifurcated gifts). For example, if a non-profit sells a ticket to a fundraising event for $200 and claims that $100 of the donation is tax deductible, neither portion of the donation can be paid for from the member’s Daffy account.
  • will be used for lobbying purposes, political contributions, or to support political campaign activities
  • benefit an individual selected by the member. Note that members may designate donations to educational, scholarship or missionary funds or awards, as long as the charity exercises full control and discretion in determining the recipient and that the individual selected is not a Disqualified Person or chosen by a Disqualified Person.

Members will be required to affirm that their donation recommendation adheres with this policy each time a donation recommendation is made and members accept all responsibility for ensuring donation recommendations conform to the Internal Revenue Code and Daffy policies.

Donation Recommendation Processing and Timeline

Donation Recommendation Review
Daffy reviews all donation recommendations to ensure donations are made for qualified charitable purposes and to a permissible organization. Such review shall be conducted by a committee selected by the Daffy Board of Directors (the “Board”) on an ongoing basis and include (a) verification of the tax-exempt status of the proposed recipient and (b) confirmation that the funds will be used for charitable purposes and that there are no impermissible benefits.

Recommendations are subject to Daffy’s “variance power.” This variance power gives Daffy the authority to modify any donor recommendation or condition on donations from a fund for any specified charitable purpose or to any specified charitable organization if, in the sole judgment of Daffy, such recommendation or condition becomes unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment or inconsistent with this DAF Agreement. Daffy retains the ultimate decision-making authority and reserves the right to deny a donation recommendation. Moreover, Daffy will reject a recommendation if it is aware that the donor advisor has an improper purpose in recommending the donation. Daffy will also take remedial action if it discovers it has made improper donations, including requiring that the donation be returned.

Distributing Donations to Charities
Daffy processes donations to charitable recipients on a daily basis (business days only). For each approved donation, the fund’s portfolio is liquidated to cover the amount of the donation and Daffy distributes the proceeds to selected charities by check or, if possible, electronic transfer. The member’s selected acknowledgment and private note are transmitted with the payment. Donations from multiple funds to the same charity may be combined into one payment. Members are notified if a donation is undeliverable to their recommended charity and may make an alternate donation recommendation. Charitable recipients are required to return a check if they are aware that the donation violates this Member Agreement, including all Donation Restrictions listed above, in any way.

Employer Matching Gift Programs
Some employers may match a member’s donations to charitable organizations from the member’s Daffy account. Once a donation has been processed, a member may use the Donation Receipt as proof of the donation. The donation receipt is sent by email to the member at the time the donation is processed as well as accessed on the Donations page of daffy.org or in the app. The employer will be responsible for processing the matching gift and, if they choose to match, will send the donation directly to the recipient charity. Daffy is not responsible for tracking, processing, or determining the eligibility of any employer matching gifts.


Daffy Campaigns allow Daffy members to create a simple destination for Daffy members to make donations to a set of charities supported by the Daffy Charitable Fund. Campaign organizers may choose up to six charities, set a fundraising goal, and share why they are inspired to give to the selected organizations. To help with fundraising efforts, organizers are encouraged to share their campaign with their network of friends, family, and colleagues.

Campaigns must adhere to the policies in this agreement, most notably the Content and Donations Policies. Daffy reserves the right to end a campaign at any time. Recipient organizations have not provided permission for any particular campaign and have not reviewed the content.

To report a campaign that is against our policy, please email support@daffy.org.

Daffy members who are organizers of a fund, subject to the eligibility terms above, may create a Campaign. If you are not already a Daffy member, you can create an account while setting up your Campaign. For each campaign, an organizer may edit the content and pictures, the list of supported charities, and the fundraising goal. Organizers may end a campaign at any time.

Organizers may choose to match donations to a campaign from their fund up to a fixed amount. Matching dollars must be in a member’s fund at the time the campaign is published and remain there until the campaign is completed. Once a donor makes a donation to the campaign, if there are matching funds available, a matching donation will automatically be created in the Organizer’s Daffy fund and the balance of the match is tracked on the Campaign page. Organizers have the option at Campaign creation to donate any remaining balance of the match at the end of the campaign.

Recipient Charities
Organizers may select any charity that is currently eligible to receive a donation on Daffy to be a recipient charity for a campaign. Please see Permissible Recipients above for full details about an organization’s eligibility. If there are multiple charities listed on a campaign, a donor must select to donate to each organization individually, by submitting separate donations. Each recipient charity and corresponding donation is subject to review and approval by the same standards as any other donation by the Daffy Charitable Fund.

Recipient Charities may not edit the content of a campaign, but they may report inaccurate information or request that a campaign be suspended. Please email support@daffy.org.

Donations to charities will be reviewed and approved on a daily basis, and batched into weekly payments. All donation payments are sent by USPS mail and will include a link to the campaign, the name of the organizer, and a breakdown of donors and corresponding matches.

Donors to Campaigns
All Daffy members with an active fund may donate to another member’s campaign. In this case, an unrestricted donation recommendation is created in the member’s Daffy account for the selected organization and amount and is processed as normal. There are no additional fees to donate to a campaign.

The general public can donate to a campaign by first signing up to be a Daffy member, subject to the terms of this agreement, and contributing to their Daffy fund for at least the amount of the donation. By contributing to Daffy for the purpose of supporting a campaign, a donor is making an irrevocable contribution to Daffy Charitable Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions are generally eligible for a charitable tax deduction and a consolidated receipt will be provided by Daffy. Daffy members are assessed a membership fee based on their activity and balance. Members can review the membership dues for each level on the Daffy website: Membership Pricing.

In the rare event that Daffy is unable to fulfill a donation request to a selected charity, the donor will be notified and given the opportunity to choose another charity. This may occur if the charity is unresponsive or if the charity is no longer in good standing with regulatory authorities. The amount of the contribution will be kept in their personal Daffy fund until they submit a new donation recommendation.

Regulatory and Governance

Relationship with Aside, Inc.

Aside, Inc. provides Daffy with technical and operational services, including managing the Daffy Charitable Fund mobile application and website. All Daffy member information is shared with Aside, Inc. employees as needed to properly service and support DAF accounts held by Daffy.
Aside, Inc. owns and licenses the intellectual property Daffy utilizes in connection with its charitable giving platform. Daffy pays Aside, Inc. fair market value for its platform license and services.

Governing law

This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, and the rights and obligations of the parties to this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware.

Additional Information

Any questions about this Agreement or requests for further information may be directed to policy@daffy.org, or in writing to Daffy Charitable Fund at 221 Main Street, #2061, Los Altos, CA 94023.

State Registration

Daffy Charitable Fund is a charitable organization exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and as such, is registered to solicit in all those states where it is required to do so. Certain states require us to include disclosure language on all printed solicitations.

Financial and other information about Daffy Charitable Fund’s purpose, programs and activities can be obtained by contacting Adam Nash at 221 Main Street, #2061, Los Altos, CA 94023 or at support@daffy.org, or as stated below.

Colorado: Colorado residents may obtain copies of registration and financial documents of Daffy Charitable Fund from the office of the Secretary of State, (303) 894-2680, http://www.sos.state.co.us/, re: Reg. No. 20213028533.


Georgia: A full and fair description of the programs and activities of Daffy Charitable Fund and its financial statement are available upon request at the address indicated above.

Illinois: Contracts and reports regarding Daffy Charitable Fund are on file with the Illinois Attorney General.

Kansas: In Kansas, Daffy’s Charitable Fund’s license number is 21-029230.

Maryland: For the cost of postage and copying, documents and information of Daffy Charitable Fund filed under the Maryland charitable organizations laws can be obtained from the Secretary of State, Charitable Division, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, (800) 825-4510.

Michigan: MICS 64105.

Mississippi: The official registration and financial information of Daffy Charitable Fund may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office by calling 1-888-236-6167.

Nevada: The state of incorporation of Daffy Charitable Fund is E18909992021-6.


New York: Upon request, from the Attorney General Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

North Carolina: Financial information about Daffy Charitable Fund and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989 within (within North Carolina) or (919) 807-2214 (outside North Carolina).

Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of Daffy Charitable Fund may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.

Virginia: Financial statements of Daffy Charitable Fund are available from the State Office of Consumer Affairs, PO. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.

Washington: The notice of solicitation required by the Charitable Solicitation Act is on file with the Washington Secretary of State, and information relating to financial affairs of Daffy Charitable Fund is available from the Secretary of State, and the toll-free number for Washington residents: 1-800-332-4483.

West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents of Daffy Charitable Fund from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. Inquiries can also be made to Adam Nash at Daffy Charitable Fund. CONTRIBUTIONS ARE DEDUCTIBLE FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW.