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Donor Advised Fund

donor advised fund provides a convenient method of charitable giving that makes it easy for donors to dedicate funds to support their favorite nonprofit organization.  It allows individuals, families, and businesses to make tax-deductible charitable donations of cash, publicly-traded stock, and in some cases, certain illiquid assets, to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program.

Gifts of Stock

Giving appreciated securities helps FIRST and may provide additional tax benefits to you too!

When you donate securities to FIRST, you receive the same tax benefits as making a cash gift, but with the added benefit of avoiding capital gains tax on the securities you transfer. Making a gift of stock to support our mission is as easy as instructing your broker to transfer the shares directly to FIRST.

Legacy Giving: Wills Trusts, Gift Annuities, Insurance

With a planned gift to FIRST, you can combine your desire to give to charity with your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals. Planned giving gives you a special connection with FIRST. You will help inspire and educate the next generation of science and technology leaders—for now, and for years to come.


Donating cryptocurrency to FIRST may be a non-taxable event and certainly helps to drive our mission forward. When you donate Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies to FIRST you typically can deduct the full fair market value of the crypto and may not owe capital gains taxes on the appreciated value. Talk to a crypto-savvy tax professional or visit The Giving Block FAQ for more information.

Half My DAF

Your donation could go even further with #HalfMyDAF. Every grant from a DAF given by a donor who commits to halving their DAF increases our chances of receiving dollar-for-dollar matches of up to $5,000 each. Click here to learn more and nominate FIRST for a match.

Raise Money for FIRST

Share your passion for FIRST with your friends and family and help us raise funds that will impact the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. Click here for ideas and resources.

Donate by Mail

You may send your check made payable to FIRST, to:

PO Box 845446
Boston, MA 02284-5446

For Checks that need to be overnighted:

Attn: Lockbox Operations box #845446
1 Cabot Road, Suite 202
Medford, MA 02155

If you wish, you may indicate the purpose of your gift on the check or in an accompanying letter.

Donate by Phone

Using MasterCard, Visa, or American Express over the phone, or to request an invoice for making a donation, call FIRST Finance at 1-800-871-8326, ext. 563.

FIRST is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and donations to FIRST are tax-deductible to the extent provided by current IRS tax laws and regulations (EIN # 22-2990908).
For the 15th consecutive year, FIRST has achieved a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for consistently executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way. This rating places FIRST in the top 1% of all charities evaluated by Charity Navigator.

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