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Study on Donor-Advised Funds Seeks Community Foundation Participants


Philanthropy Southeast is partnering with the Donor Advised Fund Research Collaborative (DAFRC) to recruit organizations that host donor-advised funds (DAFs), including community foundations, to participate in a groundbreaking national study. The study will build on prior research by collecting data from a broader range of DAF sponsoring organizations across the United States in the hope of developing a more accurate and representative picture of how donor-advised funds are being used across the nonprofit sector.

Participating partner DAF sponsors will be asked to provide anonymized transactional data for their DAF accounts for a specified range of years. By participating in the study, your organization can help to improve the public understanding of DAFs and ensure proper representation from DAF sponsors in the Southeast. Findings will be shared in a national report to be released in 2023 as well as a specially-commissioned regional report for the Southeast region. As an added incentive, participating organizations will receive access to custom benchmarking reports by sponsor type.

To learn more about the study and how to participate, please visit the DAFRC website.

DAF sponsoring organizations interested in participating as partners in the study may contact Jeff Williams (jeff.williams@gvsu.edu) or Brittany Kienker (brittany@kienkerconsulting.com).

The DAFRC research team will be hosting several upcoming webinars for DAF sponsors interested in learning more:

  • Thursday, December 1, 1:00pm-2:30pm ET (About the Study)

Register here.  

This first webinar is designed to address questions for key decisionmakers of your organization and serve as an opportunity to learn more about the study. 

  • Friday, December 2, 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (Data Collection)

Register here

This session will be ideal for your organization’s staff who would be responsible for data sharing with the study’s research team (i.e., finance, database, or development staff managing related databases and CRM systems). 

Additional webinars will be scheduled into the first quarter of 2023, but interested organizations are encouraged to sign up now to learn more.

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