Donor-advisors may make recommendations for grants in writing, at any time, to any non-profit organizations recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. The minimum grant size is $250, and there is no limit on the number of grants that can be recommended.
The Foundation’s staff conducts due diligence checks on every charity that a donor would like to make a grant to in order to insure that recommended grantees are legal and legitimate, and the Foundation’s Board has ultimate discretion on all grant-making decisions.
Charitable grant research includes:
- Obtaining a copy of the IRS Determination Letter (501-c-3 status confirmation)
- Obtaining a list of present Board of Directors’ names and affiliations (performing background research on each)
- Obtaining copy of the most recent P&L, 990 and Audit (for extensive financial review of the organization).
- Internet search for any negative articles about the entity
IRS regulations do require that donors not make a pledge on the assets of their fund or receive any benefits when using their fund to make grant recommendations. Quarterly fund statements are mailed to all fund representatives to outline their fund’s investment performance, grants paid, gifts received, and amounts available for grant making.
Grants generally take 2 to 3 weeks to process.
Click here to download the DCCF 2017 Grant recommendation form. Please note that this form is for donors who wish to recommend/request a grant from their fund(s) and not for applicants applying to receive a grant.
Please fill the form out entirely.
If possible, obtain the EIN# of the charity you would like to make the grant to.
Please remember to verify that your grant is not a pledge and indicate it on the form.
To expedite processing of grants, please download, complete the form, and then scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms may also be mailed to: 102 Chesley Drive, Suite 1A, Media, PA 19063