Donor Advised Funds

What is a Donor Advised Fund?
A donor advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes.

How can I direct a gift to the National Museum of the American Indian?
If you have a DAF giving account at Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon Charitable, you can recommend grants to the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) using the DAF Direct widget on this page.

  1. Select the sponsoring organization from the "Donate now from" drop-down menu.
  2. In the "Designation" field, include your name, the purpose of the gift, and "NMAI".
  3. Enter the amount (in U.S. dollars) you would like to recommend in the "Amount" field.
  4. Click the "NEXT" button to proceed to your DAF provider's website to complete the transaction.

What if I am not able to use the DAF Direct form?
Please contact your DAF representative and ask them to direct your DAF distribution to the NMAI at the following address:

Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of the American Indian
PO Box 23473
Washington, DC 20026-3473
Tax ID Number: 53-0206027

As all Smithsonian Institution museums share the same tax ID, your gift will be processed faster if your DAF representative includes the following information with the distribution: NMAI, your name, address, and the purpose (i.e., donation, membership renewal, etc.).

Can I renew my membership using my Donor Advised Fund?
Yes, you can renew your membership using your donor advised fund. In the designation field on the DAF Direct form, please indicate that you wish to renew your NMAI membership, and include your name and member number (if known).

Consistent with IRS rules, the NMAI cannot provide membership benefits, including American Indian magazine, that have a value for tax purposes in return for DAF grants. We encourage you to speak with your tax advisor regarding any questions you have about your DAF.