Fund Distribution Guidelines

Periodically The Dayton Foundation is asked to clarify what types of distributions cannot be made from your fund, because they do not fall within the definition of a charitable purpose, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.

Distributions from your Charitable Checking Account,℠ Charitable Accounts, Inc., fund or donor-advised fund are not eligible to be made to:

  • private foundations, political campaigns or for lobbying purposes;
  • pay for dinners, entertainment, golf tournaments, tickets to events and other benefits of substantial value. If you accept tickets for dinner or other entertainment at the time your contribution is made, even though you do not use them or you give them away, your fund cannot be used to cover the cost. When submitting a request for a distribution, please advise us as to whether you will or will not be accepting a benefit;
  • cover the personal needs of an individual, such as educational or travel expenses;
  • purchase raffle tickets and other similar games of chance;
  • cover the stated value of items purchased at charity auctions. The amount over the stated value may be deductible;
  • satisfy personal pledges that you have made to charity.

If you have any questions about these examples, please contact Diane Timmons, vice president, Grants and Programs. Your cooperation will ensure that all distributions fall within the definition of a charitable purpose and, thus, protect the tax deductibility of your gift to The Dayton Foundation.

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File date: 9.19.14


Janet and Don Grieshop

“Because my family has been blessed in many ways, I want to teach my children how to use our blessings to touch the lives of others.”
– Carol Hinton, donor, on the Edward Taft, Jr., and Carol J. Hinton Family Fund

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