Donor Advised Funds

Give, grow, grant.

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a simple and efficient alternative to creating your own charitable foundation that aligns your philanthropic goals with your overall financial strategy.

Give to the charities you love

With a donor advised fund your charitable giving is managed from one place, minimizing costs and maximizing impact so you can focus on what’s important—making real change.

We take care of the administration and due diligence, creating an efficient alternative to starting your own foundation. When you work with MakeWay, you join a community of individuals, charities, foundations, nonprofits, and businesses who share your passion for environmental and social change.

In 2019, MakeWay launched the ImpactDAF: the first customizable donor advised fund in Canada to be invested 100% for impact.

7th Generation Fund
Agro Roasters Fund
Aguacene Fund
Alexander Graham Bell Innovation Fund
Andrew Heintzman Giving Fund
Arctic Indigenous Fund
Auerbach Family Fund
Aurora Fund
Ayalik Fund
Bealight Fund
Biodiversity-Based Solutions Fund
Black Philanthropy Fund
Burton Family Fund
CarbonFlip Fund
Cause Heroes Fund
Central Coast Conservation Fund
Chaloult Wallace Fund
Chauvel Fund
Children and Nature Fund
Chosen Waters Fund
Christopher Robin Fund
Climate Heroes Fund
CNIS Surgical & Obstetrical Skills Education Fund
Communications & Broadcasting Canadian Trust Fund
CPAWS Nova Scotia Conservation Fund
Dark Horse Fund
David J. Sokol Endowment Fund
Dene Ts’ı̨lı̨ – Dene Way of Life Fund
Division of UBC PM&R Fund
DLN Fund
Don Rubenstein Housing Fund
Dr. Bik May Wai & Dr. Chung Nin Lam Endowment Fund
Dragonfly Fund
Draimin-Haddon Endowment Fund
Elements Fund
Environmental Justice Micro Fund
Equinox Fund
Équiterre Fund
ESP Fund
Friends of Qatuwas Fund
Fund for the Environment
Funding Awesome Fund
FuturePLAY Fund
Gail O’Riordan Climate and the Arts Series Fund
Gitanyow Wilp Sustainability Fund
Great Bear Sea Fund
Harbinger Fund
Harry and Bernice Kosansky Family Foundation Fund
Hollyhock Fund
Hoops 4 Hope Fund
Illahie Fund
IPCA Development Fund
Jantzi Research Fund
Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation Fund
Joel and Dana Solomon Fund
John Kenneth Galbraith Prize Endowment Fund
Jokabeca Foundation Fund
Jon Gates Foundation Fund
Joy Family Giving Fund
Juno Foundation Fund
Justice Impact Fund
Kremen and Fineman Giving Fund
Kremen and Fineman Invested Giving Fund
Language Documentation and Revitalization Fund
Lights On Fund
Lindalee Tracey Award Fund
Lunapads Global Opportunity Fund
MacGavin Fund
Mashkawi-manidoo bimaadiziwin – Spirit to Soar Fund
Michael and Amelia Humphries Earthrise Legacy Fund
Mother Tree Fund
Myer Fund
Naramata Conservation Fund
Natural Burial Association Fund
New Literacies Fund
Nonprofit Centers Fund
OnePull Fund
Pacific Wild Fund
Planeterra Fund
Power of Giving Fund
Prescription for Change Canada Fund
Renewal Funds Charitable Giving Fund
Reverence for Life Legacy Fund
Richardson Family Fund
Rideau Institute Research Fund
Roar Fund
Robert Huber Memorial Fund
Robin Wheeler Legacy Fund
Roses Fund
SHLF Endowment Fund
Skeena Watershed Fund
SkeenaWild Conservation Trust Fund
Social Innovation Conference Series
Social Venture Institute Fund
Staal Family Giving Fund
Stephen Hui Trail Fund
Strategic Philanthropy Course Fund
Street Kids International Fund
Sustaining Design Fund
Tegan & Sara Foundation Fund
Terrevive Fund
the deer crossing the art farm fund
Tlatsini Conservation Endowment Fund
Transformation Fund
Twin Island Protection Fund
Twyla Roscovich Memorial Fund
V. Paul Lee Family Foundation
Valerie Elia Fund
Vancouver Bicycle Fund
Vancouver Tomorrow Fund
Vern’s Community Fund
Wilburforce Canadian Conservation Fund
YouMeWe Foundation Fund


  • Entrust the administrative, legal, and accounting work to our knowledgeable staff.
  • View your fund activity and advise grants to charities any time through our online portal.
  • Make giving to your donor advised fund fast and easy with an online donation page.
  • Contribute to your fund any time and receive a tax receipt for your gift immediately—support your favourite causes right away and over time.
  • Donate how you like—we accept everything from gifts of securities to will or trust donations.
  • Open a fund with the confidence that your charitable dollars can grow sustainably in 100% fossil-fuel free portfolio screened for social, environmental, and governance (ESG) considerations.
  • Receive quarterly updates on the asset mix and fund performance.
  • Plan your future giving today—leave your donor advised fund in your will to make your future giving plan a reality.
  • Create a donor advised fund to honour the memory of a loved one.

Open a donor advised fund in three easy steps:


Select the type of donor advised fund:

Giving Funds: if you plan to grant out most of your fund each year and wish to have maximum flexibility. You can make an immediate impact with your charitable dollars.

Invested Giving Funds: if you plan to grant a small percentage of your fund each year and wish to maintain and grow your fund balance long term.


Name your fund, create a fund purpose, and make an initial contribution.


Support MakeWay work that aligns with your giving plan or donate to any of your favourite local or national charities.

Learn more about Donor Advised Funds at MakeWay:

Leanne Burton
Director, Partnership Development