Establish a Fund

A donor-advised fund is a fund created and named by a donor, which is managed by the American Brain Foundation. A donor can create a fund with a simple written agreement and then (along with other family members, if desired) recommend grants from the fund to any nonprofit organizations whose missions complement that of the American Brain Foundation.

Why a donor-advised fund?

Though similar to a private foundation, a donor-advised fund is often preferred by donors because of its simplicity:

  • There are no set-up fees or excise taxes, nor are there any annual filing and compliance requirements
  • The fund removes the managerial aspects of a personal foundation while allowing you to direct your donation toward your personal philanthropic priorities
  • Donor-advised funds often receive more favorable tax treatment than private foundations

What are the benefits?

Convenience and timing: Take a tax deduction when you make a gift to the fund without immediately having to choose the charities you want to support.

Simplicity: Support a number of charitable organizations and centralize your giving without having to retain records for separate contributions.

Expertise: Take advantage of the American Brain Foundation’s expertise, backed by globally recognized neurologists, for the vetting of research projects you want to support.

Family philanthropy: Families can build a tradition of giving and teach their children or favorite nieces and nephews the value of philanthropy by involving them in the decisions about which grants to recommend. Plus, you can name a next generation of advisers to carry forward a true legacy of giving.

How does it work?

Once you have established a donor-advised fund at the American Brain Foundation, you can:

  • Make contributions to your fund at any time
  • Recommend that various amounts be distributed to nonprofits of your choosing
  • Receive an income tax charitable deduction for gifts made to your donor advised fund
  • Suggest others make gifts to your fund
  • Name a beneficiary advisor to extend philanthropy to the next generation

Read our donor-advised fund policy here. To learn more about the program and to set up your own fund, please contact Lisa Dahlberg.

Endowments and Donor-Advised Funds

Alliance Fund

Anonymous Fund

Association of Indian Neurologists in America Lifetime Achievement Award Fund

Baumel-Eisner Alzheimer’s/Dementia Research Fund

Burros Family Memorial

Bruce S. Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology Fund

Calvin L. Calhoun, Sr., MD, Diversity Research Fund

Carter Virginia Copp Memorial Fund

Cheryl A Jay Endowment Fund

Debasish and Chinu Mridha Spirit of Neurology Award Fund

Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award Fund

General Research Fund

George C. Cotzias Lecture Fund

Harold Wolff-John Graham Award Fund

Jon Stolk Award Endowment

Joseph B. Green Endowment

Judith Rosenberg Memorial Multiple Sclerosis Research and Patient Care Fund

Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD Patient Advocate of the Year Award Fund

Michael S. Pessin and Lawrence M. Brass Stroke Research Fund

Mitchell Max Neuropathic Pain Fund

Movement Disorders Research Award Fund

Multiple Sclerosis Fund

Neuro-Infectious Disease Young Investigators’ Research Fund

Neuro-Oncology Research Award Fund

Neuro-Oncology Scientific Award Fund

Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology Fund

Picard Research Fund

Raymond Adams Fund for Clinical Research

Sidney Carter Award in Child Neurology Fund

Sleep Science Award Fund

Susan S. Spencer Epilepsy Research Fund

Ted M. Burns Endowment

Wayne A. Hening Sleep Medicine Investigator Award Fund

Gifts to the American Brain Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. View our Donor Rights and Gift Policies.