For Donors > Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to contact PVF?
The best way to contact PVF is by telephone, or simply click here to send an email message. You can also reach PVF by facsimile or mail.
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
1222 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, California 94612-1201
Telephone: (510) 645-1890
Facsimile: (510) 645-1892
How long does it take to set up a giving fund?
It is immediate. Just transfer the funds or stock to PVF and provide the name you would like your Fund to have. PVF will discuss with you your giving interests and goals.
Can I give anonymously?
Certainly, PVF has many anonymous donors. An anonymous donor can choose any name for its Fund, including simply "Anonymous Fund". At PVF, your decision to remain anonymous is taken very seriously and your privacy and anonymity is safeguarded.
Can a donor have different types of Funds at PVF?
Yes, a donor is not restricted to one type of fund, and can be flexible in their giving plan. For example, a donor can have a Donor Venture Fund, from which the donor makes recommendations for distributions to various charitable causes, and can fund a Donor Program specifically designed by PVF to match the donor's interests.
How are PVF donor funds invested?
PVF donor funds are invested in a Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund for maximum stability. For larger funds, the donor has the option of recommending alternate investment vehicles. The interest that accrues is allocated to the donor's Fund.
I currently have a fund at a community foundation. Can I transfer funds to PVF?
Yes, this is a simple transaction in which the community foundation would simply need instructions from the donor to make the transfer to PVF. The same is true for those desiring to transfer funds from any of the institutional charitable Gift Funds such as Fidelity, Vanguard or Schwab.
Can I donate via the internet by credit card?
Yes, click here and you will be transferred to our secure GroundSpring service that will let you donate to PVF immediately using your credit card.