Donor Advised Funds

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving vehicle that allows you to make a tax-deductible donation today and then recommend gifts (known as grants) to charities from the fund over time. Not only do contributions have immediate tax benefits, they also grow tax-free in the account to provide greater impact. DAFs are a convenient and tax-efficient way to facilitate charitable giving and achieve your philanthropic goals.

If you already have a DAF and would like to send a gift to the University of Illinois Foundation for the benefit of the University (UIUC, UIC or UIS), your fund administrator may send a check payable to the University of Illinois Foundation to:

University of Illinois Foundation
Attention:  Cash Desk
P.O. Box 734500
Chicago, IL 60673-4500

Please ask the donor advised fund provider to indicate your selection for which university, program, unit, effort, or fund the distribution should be allocated for at the University of Illinois System. Please note, donors may not receive benefits from DAF distributions.

The University of Illinois Foundation's tax identification number is: 37-6006007.

Click the button below to access our DAF widget that will allow you to link to your DAF directly. If your fund is not listed in the widget, please go directly to your DAF's website and choose the University of Illinois Foundation as the charity of choice when directing a donation.

If you have questions or your fund administrator prefers to send funds via a wire, please contact the Foundation Cash Receipts Department for additional instructions at or (217) 244-0352.