Golden Opportunity to Consider “What’s Next?” with Donor Advised Funds

Project_Donor_Funds_Gurin_ForumOn Thursday, October 29 the Chronicle of Philanthropy released it 2015 Philanthropy 400 list.  In a photo finish, of sorts, United Way Worldwide raised  $23,486,607 more than the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund to claim the title as the American nonprofit that raised the most from private sources (including: cash, stock, land and gifts-in-kind) during the 2014 fiscal year.

Although United Way sits atop this list for the 24th time in the 25 years it has been compiled, we may be witnessing the end of a dynastic run by United Way Worldwide.  As the table below demonstrates, this year’s top 5 Donor Advised Funds continued their respective meteoric rises up the list. If this trend continues, we might expect to see the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund overtake United Way in the 2016 Philanthropy 400.

Check out this table on the Top 5 Donor-Advised Funds in the 2015 Philanthropy 400:

In the wake of the release of the Philanthropy 400, America continues to strive to understand the role of DAFs in the philanthropic sector, DAF holders continue to strive to understand how they might impact their philanthropic priorities in a greater way and my consulting colleagues from Campbell & Company and Collins Group and I continue to strive to understand the trends and patterns we can discern from this report and artfully use this information to better position our clients to further their missions. 

With that said, consider joining your colleagues, peers and aspirant peers at The Giving Institute’s live broadcast of the Gurin Forum this Friday, November 13 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. CST.  You can register here.  Attend to hear panelists:

  • Keith Curtis, Chair, Giving USA Foundation and President & CEO of The Curtis Group,
  • Shawn Donnelley, Donor Advised Fundholder and Chicago Community Trust Board Member
  • Ray Madoff, Boston College law professor and public policy expert
  • Matt Nash, Senior Vice President of Donor Engagement, Fidelity Charitable
  • Una Osili, PhD, Director of Research, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University
  • Jamie Phillippe, VP of Development and Donor Relations, Chicago Community Trust

 as they consider the latest research on why donors are choosing DAFs and the question “What’s next as a result of donor-advised funds?”

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Mark Seiler

Mark Seiler is an Associate Consultant at Campbell & Company, with a primary focus in higher education and independent school philanthropy. He works to build open and trusting client relationships, allowing him and his fellow consultants to help clients achieve their goals.