DonorsTrust offers a variety of investment options that allow you to grow your charitable funds over time.

As an account holder, you may choose to invest your charitable assets among a selection of four pooled-fund portfolio investment strategies including Money Market, Conservative, Moderate, and Growth.  In addition to these funds, invested and managed by Merrill Lynch, we also offer a selection of Vanguard funds.  For a recent quarterly fund performance report, please contact us.

Investment fees apply to donor-advised accounts in addition to administrative services fees. They are charged quarterly and range from 0% to 1% of the account balance annually. You will be provided with quarterly reports reflecting the past quarter’s activity, including contributions received, administrative and investment fees charged to the account, grants distributed, and ending balances.

If you wish to establish an account of $5,000,000 or more, personalized portfolio management is available to you through Donors Capital Fund. The Fund is a 501(c)(3), 509(a)(3) supporting organization associated with DonorsTrust.

Complete information on asset management and the investment manager are available in The Donor’s Guide to DonorsTrust, available upon request.

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  • Peter Lipsett

    Peter Lipsett is vice president at DonorsTrust. He also leads DonorsTrust’s Novus Society, a network of donors under 40 committed to growing their philanthropic know-how. He has a dual degree in political science and theater from Davidson College and finally got a practical credential with an MBA from George Mason University.

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