DAFinitively Speaking

Something for Everyone: Special Interest DAFs

As donor advised funds have become more widely used, the number and type of organizations that are sponsors of DAFs has also increased.  While a 2021 report from the Lilly School of Philanthropy found that the majority of donor-advised funds supported educational and religious organizations, those interest areas have continued to expand. In recent years, […]

New research from the DAF Research Collaborative on DAF payout rates

The team at the DAF Research Collaborative recently published a working paper, (“Self-Regulating Donor Advised Funds; An Analysis of Inactive Account Policies and Endowed DAFs”) which analyzed the policies regarding inactive accounts and endowed funds at DAF sponsor organizations. Authors Dan Heist and Kendra Stone from Brigham Young University offer a fascinating and concise look […]

Have you seen the 2023 FreeWill Donor-Advised Fund Report?

FreeWill just released a free (with email signup) new survey report about DAFs that highlights the results of a survey they did in January and February of this year of “nearly 500” nonprofit fundraising professionals from a range of nonprofit sizes and types. FreeWill asked about grants received from donor advised funds, outreach and marketing […]

Spotlight on the Maine Community Foundation

Here at DAFinitive®, we are continuing our series of profiling donor-advised fund sponsors and community foundations. Let’s head north, to the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF). Founded in 1983 with a $10 challenge, the Maine Community Foundation’s mission is to work with donors to improve the quality of life for all residents of Maine. These modest […]