Nonprofits and Donor-Advised Funds: Perceptions and Potential Impacts examines DAFs from the perspective of nonprofit organizations, based on results of a national survey of nonprofits’ experiences over the past three years and in-depth nonprofit case study interviews. The report also features a spotlight on nonprofits’ experiences during the COVID-19 crisis and how DAF donors respond during times of crisis.
A large majority of nonprofits have received gifts from DAFs in the past three years. While many nonprofits have processes in place for receiving these gifts and are encouraged about their potential, the study also suggests that there are gaps in nonprofits’ understanding of this form of charitable giving. Additionally, nonprofits have concerns about DAFs’ impact on their interactions with donors.
• 70% of nonprofits surveyed received one or more gifts from a DAF in the past three years.
“Nonprofit organizations have some concerns about donor-advised funds, including that they may impact communication with the donor and disrupt the nonprofit relationship with the donor. However, nonprofits are encouraged about the possibility that they can engage donors with the nonprofit’s mission through DAFs, and nonprofits perceive that use of DAFs has led to larger gift sizes,” said Una Osili, Ph.D., associate dean for research and international programs at the school.
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