Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) provide a flexible and tax-efficient avenue to support LightHawk’s conservation work. By setting up a DAF with a financial institution or community foundation, you can contribute cash, securities, or other assets and suggest grants to LightHawk over time. Your support via a DAF will empower us to pursue innovative conservation initiatives, champion sustainable environmental policies, and fly to save endangered species across the country.


  • Simplicity: The DAF sponsor handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts, making the process easy for donors.
  • Flexibility: The timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making, providing flexibility in planning donations.
  • Tax-efficiency: Contributions are tax-deductible, and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. Donating long-term appreciated securities eliminates capital gains taxes and allows support for multiple charities from one block of stock.
  • Family legacy: A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy, allowing for a lasting impact across generations.
  • No start-up costs: While there are no costs to establish a donor-advised fund, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions required (typically $5,000 or more).
  • Privacy (if desired): Donors may choose to remain anonymous to the grant recipient, offering privacy in their charitable giving.

How does it work?

  • Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program.


  • Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free).


  • Recommend grants to qualified public charities of your choice.
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