National Study on Donor Advised Funds

The 2024 National Study on Donor Advised Funds was published last week by the DAF Research Collaborative. Donor advised funds (DAFs) represent a very substantial and controversial part of the charitable nonprofit sector. On one hand, they are characterized as the fastest growing segment of the sector, attracting more dollars for charities. On the other […]

Two Vehicles, One Home: Fiscal Sponsorship and Donor Advised Funds

On June 1, Social Impact Commons hosted a great practitioner conversation on the intersectionality between fiscal sponsorship and donor advised funds (“DAFs”). The following is a description of the event: We increasingly see fiscal sponsors accidentally or intentionally developing Donor Advised Fund (DAF) programs and, likewise, organizations running DAFs finding themselves acting as fiscal sponsors. […]

Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable Annual Conference

The 2016 Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon on September 16 features several notable speakers including NEO Of Counsel Brigit Kavanagh, who will be co-presenting a session on Why Donor Advised Funds and Supporting Organizations are a Gift Planner’s Friend with Wendy Chou, senior philanthropic advisor with The Oregon Community Foundation. Donor advised […]

Rules Affecting Donor Advised Funds

As stated in our earlier post What Is A Donor Advised Fund?, donor advised funds (DAFs) are subject to several private foundation-like rules that sponsoring organizations may not ordinarily be subject to as public charities. These rules are meant to curb abuses and create more transparency within the DAF community. Prohibited actions include providing personal […]