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Recommending Grants
Recommend a Grant of your DAF funds to a particular nonprofit

What's a Grant Recommendation?

A Grant Recommendation is an instruction to transfer or "award" money from a Fund to an Organization. In this tutorial, you'll use the funds generated from the sale of your donated tokens to recommend grants to your favorite organizations.

Step 1: Search for an Organization

Navigate to Endaoment and connect your wallet. Then, click My Funds in the upper right-hand corner of the window and click Make a Grant as shown below:
First, navigate to your funds
Then click Make a Grant
Search for the organization of your choice, then click on an Org to open their profile page. If you need assistance identifying an organization that meets your personal interests, please reach out to us for help. We are happy to recommend impactful nonprofits based on your interest areas.
Search for an organization using the search bar, click the org to be brought to their profile page
NOTE: If an organization's contract has not been deployed yet, it will be flagged as Not Deployed, and Endaoment will ask for you to help cover the deployment cost for creating the organization's contract address.
If this is not needed, skip to Step 2: Input Grant Information.

Step 1.5: Onboarding an Organization (if needed)

If a nonprofit's smart contract has not yet been deployed, you'll be prompted to do so on their profile, by clicking Deploy. This is a one-time process that will allow you (and all other Endaoment users) to recommend grants to the organization.
On the Org profile, click deploy org
A pop-up window displaying the cost estimate of deploying an address for the organization will appear, simply confirm the transaction using your wallet, once that completes, you'll see the pending transaction in the upper right hand corner of the window, as shown below
Pending transaction will show in upper right hand corner of the window

Step 2: Input Grant Information

Next, determine the size of the grant you would like to make to your chosen organization. All amounts here are shown in USD.
You will also have the option of indicating a specific grant purpose. This means that you may restrict your funds for specific projects or departments at the recipient organization.
The IRS has some policies on what you are allowed to fund (e.g. you may not direct the grant to support a specific individual or family, read more: Fund Policies & Procedures). In particlar, you cannot use a grant to purchase membership or gala/tickets, pay for a pledge or benefit individuals directly. As you'll see further down, you are required to sign a statement that attests to taffirm that you are not receiving any benefit that would cause the donation to be non-tax-deductible as required by law.
While we encourage you to support projects which appeal to you, don’t forget that grantees also need general support grants, giving them more flexibility and allowing them to "keep the lights on."
On the Organization's profile page, click Donate Now. Then click Grant from Fund.
Click Grant from Fund in order to make a Grant Recommendation from your DAF
If you have multiple funds, choose the one you wish to recommend a grant from, then enter the following information:
  • Grant Purpose: This is where you would fill out the public purpose of the grant; things like In Honor of Zach and Tracey's Wedding. This information is not about the specific use case of the grant. This information is stored on chain.
  • Special Instructions: This is where you would fill out the private information on the restricted use case of the grant; things like fund a new youth outreach position or to build a new administrative office. This information is not stored on chain.
  • Recommended By: This is where you'd put the name of the person making this grant or the folks that the grant is made on behalf of. This is the info we will pass onto the receiving organization. This information is not stored on chain.
Once you have finished entering this data, click Recommend Grant, and confirm the transaction with your wallet.
Enter Grant details and click next
Enter a grant purpose and special instructions (if you want to restrict the gift), finally click Recommend Grant
Then click confirm and complete the transaction using your connected wallet
Grants from DAFs must be used for donations that are tax-deductible, and cannot in any way pay for non-tax-deductible donations.
Non-tax-deductible donations are things like tickets to a gala, or attendance at a golf outing (learn more at the IRS website). Signing this statement affirms that you are not receiving any benefit that would cause the donation to be non-tax-deductible as required by law. By agreeing to our terms, you are agreeing to the below:
This grant recommendation does not represent the payment of any pledge or other financial obligation. I/we will not accept any benefits or privileges offered in connection with these grants, including good and services (such as auction items), admission to charitable events, dues, or membership, other than a religious institution. This grant is not intended to be combined with my/our personal check to support my/our attendance, or that of others, at a charity's event. I agree the following donation is irrevocable and for the charitable, educational, or religious purposes under the sole discretion of Endaoment
After confirming the transaction, you'll see the below, indicating that the grant is under review.
This modal indicates that your grant has been submitted correctly, click View Fund to see your DAF page
You'll be able to see all pending grants from your Fund page

Step 3: Await review and approval

After you have submitted your recommendation, the Endaoment team will review the grant and perform any required due diligence on the recipient organization. Typically, grants are approved and processed in less than a week.
Curious about what goes on during this processing time? In addition to conducting proper due diligence, every time a new grant is made to an organization, Endaoment reaches out to that organization to ensure that they would like to accept that donation. Even if an organization is on-boarded and all set up, Endaoment still needs to connect with them to confirm that they accept every single grant that gets recommended.
If for any reason an issue comes up in the due diligence process, we'll reach out. Otherwise, your grant will be sent to the recipient organization and you will receive a notice via e-mail.
Congratulations on making a Grant Recommendation from your Endaoment DAF!