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Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust (MS GIFT) offers a thoughtful and tax-advantageous way to support the charities and causes that matter most to you.

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We believe that the economic disparity between those who have and those who do not has grown too large. Philanthropy can play a role, and in particular can drive innovation and bootstrap under-resourced entrepreneurs and communities.

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Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust (MS GIFT) strives to support and encourage impactful philanthropy.

Simplify Giving With Our DAF

An MS GIFT DAF offers many benefits beyond tax advantages. Here’s how it works.
Support causes you care about with certainty. Our donor-advised fund (DAF) 501(c)(3) public charity offers simplicity, tax-advantages and a wide range of options.
Speak with a Financial Advisor to open an account and designate a minimum donation of $25,000 in cash or appreciated assets.
You may federally deduct up to 60% of adjusted gross income (AGI) annually, and carry forward deductions exceeding AGI limits for up to five years.
Select from one of two tailored investment platforms through which to support the causes you care about most.
Choose the timing of grant distributions to support your favorite charities when they need it most – anonymously, or recognizing the donor.

Give With Your Heart, Align With Your Values

Achieve your philanthropic aspirations and objectives with MS GIFT. We connect donors of all levels of wealth with charitable opportunities to advance medical research, the health of the planet, education and much more.

Wherever you are in the spectrum of wealth, giving through MS GIFT ensures your philanthropic aspirations and objectives will be achieved. From funding medical innovations to educational investments, together we can ensure your legacy lives up to your values.
President, MS GIFT

Unique Investing and Grantmaking Opportunities

With MS GIFT, you’ll find simple solutions to support what you’re most passionate about.

MS GIFT Board of Trustees: Experience You Can Trust

Founded in December 2000, MS GIFT has become the premier destination for donors seeking to maximize grants and charitable investments.

Connect for the Better

More than a DAF, MS GIFT is a community of like-minded donors who want to make a difference in the world. When you join, you can connect with other donors who share your interests and passions.

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Ready to learn more? Contact a Financial Advisor, or find one now, to start your gifting legacy.

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Philanthropy shines a light on the warmest parts of our industry. MS GIFT is a devoted partner in servicing our clients’ strategic needs and is an industry standard bearer for philanthropy. Offering both simplified and customized solutions, the MS GIFT platform is incredibly additive to our clients, our franchise, and future growth.
Managing Director, Private Wealth Management, PWA, FWD

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) and how does it work? A donor advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving vehicle administered by a sponsoring organization such as Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust, Inc. (MS GIFT), a public charity that is tax exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. DAFs are structured to manage charitable donations on behalf of individuals, families, and organizations. Contributions to a DAF are invested in line with Donor preferences and have the potential to grow tax-free, thus enabling the Donor to recommend grants to a variety of charities over several years. The final decisions on grant recommendations are made by the MS GIFT Board of Directors.


Is there an initial contribution minimum to open an account? A Donor’s initial contribution to an Account must consist of cash or other assets acceptable to MS GIFT, valued at no less than $25,000 in the aggregate. All contributions to MS GIFT are irrevocable and nonrefundable. Contributions and all related future earnings, including any income and appreciation thereon, become the property of MS GIFT. When making a contribution, a Donor cannot impose any restriction or condition that prevents MS GIFT from freely and effectively using the contribution. There is no minimum account balance to keep an Account open with MS GIFT.


What type of assets can I contribute to MS GIFT? Donors may make irrevocable and nonrefundable gifts of cash, marketable securities, cryptocurrency, freely transferable restricted stock and exercised options. Other non-liquid “complex” assets such as real estate, closely-held business interests, life insurance, artwork, and other collectibles may be accepted at the discretion of the MS GIFT’s Board of Directors.


Can I contribute privately-held business interests to MS GIFT? Contributions of privately-held business interests are reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your Financial Advisor, Private Wealth Advisor or email msgift@reninc.com for more information.


Can I make contributions to MS GIFT from my retirement savings accounts? Donors may make their DAF account a beneficiary of a retirement savings plan account, such as a 401K plan or an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), but will not receive an immediate tax deduction for doing so. Additionally, Donors cannot roll over a required minimum distribution from an IRA to a DAF account on a tax-free basis.


What are the investment options for MS GIFT Accounts? There are two investment programs for MS GIFT Accounts: Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Select UMA and Portfolio Management programs. The Select UMA Program is a unified managed account program in which MSSB acts as an investment adviser. Donors may recommend that the funds in the Account be invested across one or more traditional risk-based portfolios, two Investing with Impact portfolios, and a money market. While your Financial Advisor will not have investment discretion with respect to the specific assets held in the portfolios, you (and, to the extent you deem appropriate, your Financial Advisor) will have the ability to recommend how funds held in the Account will be allocated across the risk-based portfolios. MS GIFT, Inc’s Board of Directors has the sole responsibility and authority for investing the Fund’s assets. The Portfolio Management program has firm approved Financial Advisors that create customized discretionary investment strategies for high net worth individuals and institutional clients. Portfolio Managers are a select group of Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors who are qualified by the firm to manage client assets.


What is a NextGen Legacy Account? In an effort to promote intergenerational philanthropy, MS GIFT offers its donors the opportunity to create a NextGen Legacy Account on behalf of their lineal descendant(s). The NextGen Legacy Account must be funded with a minimum of $5,000. Additional contributions may be made at any time with a minimum of $1,000.


Does MS GIFT have an impact investing option? Yes. The Investing with Impact Pools within the Select UMA program utilize highly regarded third-party investment managers with demonstrated experience in generating positive environmental and social impact alongside potential market-rate returns. In addition to generating positive environmental and social impact, the impact pools are well-diversified and risk-aware. Select UMA’s eligible investments include separately managed account strategies, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).


Is there a minimum grant amount? Yes. The minimum grant amount is $250.


Can I recommend grants to foreign charities? Yes. MS GIFT exercises “expenditure responsibility” over the recommended grant. This process, which is mandated by federal tax law, requires MS GIFT to exercise reasonable efforts and establish adequate procedures to see that the grant is spent solely for the purposes that it is made.


What information does my charity receive with my grant recommendation? The charity will receive a letter from the board of MS GIFT with the date, description, and purpose of the grant. The letter includes the name of the Account, or Donor as specified during the grant recommendation process.