About American Endowment Foundation

Independent. Experienced. People-driven.

Who We Are

Established in 1993, American Endowment Foundation (AEF) is one of the nation’s largest independent donor-advised fund sponsors. AEF is a mission-motivated organization focused on expanding philanthropy led by a people-driven culture that results in a best-in-class client experience.

What We Do

AEF partners with firms and financial advisors in an unbiased manner to expand philanthropic giving through donor-advised funds. At AEF, you can think of a donor-advised fund as a charitable account. We work with financial advisors and their donors to establish and administer AEF donor-advised fund accounts with the goal of increasing the amount granted to our donors’ causes and charities.

This approach affords us the ability to be laser-focused on what we do best: deliver highly personalized service and provide flexibility for our donors’ charitable giving.

Why We Do It

We make an impact together. Our approach and impact on philanthropy are shown below.

  • Nearly $7B in assets as of December 31, 2023
  • $10.8B in donations since inception
  • $1.2B granted in 2023
  • $4.9M granted each business day in 2023
  • Nearly 32,000 unique charities received grants from AEF in 2023
  • 100,786 grants were submitted and paid in 2023

Because our funds are managed by our donors’ financial advisors an additional $3.8 billion in charitable dollars were generated over the last five years.

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AEF Leadership and Advisory Council

We believe in expanding philanthropy and the power of charitable giving. AEF prides itself in our ability to attract talent at all levels including our experienced executives, board of directors and council of advisors.

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Join the AEF Team

We are a people-driven, mission-motivated organization making AEF a great place to work, thrive and grow. We are always looking for great talent and team members to join us. If you are interested in learning more, click below to explore our career opportunities.


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