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.

For DAF sponsors that may be interested in participating, the research team will be hosting upcoming webinars to address key questions and to offer an opportunity to learn more about the study. 

For a general overview of the study, register for the upcoming webinar on ​​​Tuesday, March 14, 1:00pm-2:00pm ET / 12:00pm-1:00pm CT

For details about what’s involved in data collection, please register to attend one of the webinars below. These supplemental sessions will be ideal for staff who would be responsible for data sharing with the study’s research team (i.e., finance, database, or donor/development staff). 

For questions on the study, please contact Jeff Williams ( or Brittany Kienker (


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