Succession Plans in DAFs-an Unrealized Opportunity

A half million accounts exist in donor advised funds in America today. They hold in excess of $125 billion in assets waiting to be distributed to operating charities across the country. And a common complaint about DAF accounts is that they aren’t granting a large...

DAFs-Why wait for legislation?

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) – Resolving weaknesses with self-regulation All those often cited reasons why DAFs are here to stay do not mask that there are issues related to them. A number of the matters are resolvable and they can be addressed quickly by the DAF...

Thinking outside of the bank

It’s a universal truth in the nonprofit business that budgets and funding needs grow year-over-year. Program costs change and new initiatives add pressure to already stretched resources and dollars. On top of that, the cost of running the business–staff, rent,...

DAF Assets – How can I get some of that?

We all see the growth of DAFs: the contribution trends, the new accounts, and the big grant dollars being given out by DAFs. And charities everywhere are asking – “how can I get some of that”? The answer: it comes through your donor relationships. To be blunt, a...

DAFs-Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Gone tomorrow? I think not. Much has been written and said about donor-advised funds (DAFs) in the last two decades. Most voices have marveled at their easy usability and steady growth and only a very few have questioned their charitable nature and purpose. That’s not...

Paths to Better Giving

There are two gaps of knowledge we can help close and two paths we urge following 1. Donor-advised funds and operating charities: yes, we can get along Donor-advised funds have been around since the 1930’s. They’ve been growing faster than other forms of philanthropy...