Create a Tiered / Laddered Admin Fee*

Written by Dana Kinsey

Last published at: May 1st, 2019
  • Go to Funds
  • Pick Fund Fee Type from the left-hand side
  • Enter a Name for the fee type you are creating
  • Choose the Percent range fee type
  • Select the Apply fee button

Next select Edit from the left side of the screen

  • Select the fee ladder checkbox
  • Choose if you are determining the charge based on the Average Daily balance or not (the default is to charge based on balance when the fees are run)
  • Enter an amount if you wish to have a minimum charge per year
  • For laddered or tiered fees, enter the starting minimum balance in the Fund into the first box, then add the % charged in the second column (ie. 0, 0.01)
  • Choose which Fund(s) the tiered fund fee applies to
  • Select Update when done

You can also add a minimum fee along with the tiered fees to make sure the Fund(s) are paying your administrative costs.


Example Admin Fee Tiers are

  • Fund Balance is $0 - 249,999.99, charge .01% (1%)
  • Fund Balance is $250,000 - 499,999.99 charge .0085% (.85%)
  • Fund Balance is $500,000 - 999,999.99 charge .0075% (.75%)
  • Fund Balance is over $1,000,000 charge .0065% (.65%)


If a fund advisor or an organization has multiple funds that you hold, you may wish to tier fees based on the total value of all associated funds.

Example: if there are three funds with $250,000 each, and you applied the admin fee based on the total of each fund the fees would be:

  • 1% x 250,000 x 3 = $7500 in fees.


If you employ a tiered calculation for Admin Fees and consolidate the funds, the result is:

  • 1st Fund total is $250,000 x .01 = $2500
  • 2nd Fund total is $250,000 x .0085 = $2125
  • 3rd Fund total is $250,000 x .0075 = $1875

The total is now $6500 in fees for the organization, or $1000 less than the first example.

Using Tiered Admin Fees helps foundations to not penalize organizations that create more than one fund for different purposes.