Comparing Philanthropic Giving Structures: Private Foundation or Community Foundation-Based Fund?

Publication date: 
March, 2022

Community foundations, philanthropic families and private foundation board members regularly reach out to CMF to learn about the benefits of private foundations and community foundations-based funds, particularly donor advised funds (DAFs). In many cases, these individuals are considering whether to maintain a private foundation or transition their philanthropy to a fund held by a local community foundation. This document is a reference tool for considering which philanthropic giving structure is most appropriate to the unique situation and priorities of these individuals and families.