Title: The Latest Research on Donor-Advised Funds

Presenters: Danielle Vance-McMullen, Daniel Heist

Date: March 1, 2023

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Cost: $35 for members; $70 for non-members
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Webinar Description: More and more people are using DAFs and yet we know so little about how they are being used. Drs. Heist and Vance-McMullen will share insights from their academic research including the latest DAF Research Collaborative report. The report, based on data collected from 13,000 DAF accounts across the country, shows that DAFs support a wide range of philanthropic behaviors. Findings indicate that large DAFs ($1M+) tend to grant out slower but also respond to increased needs. Many donors choose “endowed” DAFs or follow the endowed model. Grantmaking from DAFs is not as tied to the calendar year as other giving. And about 12% of all DAF accounts engage in family philanthropy. The presentation will also include insight from in-depth interviews with 50 different DAF donors.

Speaker Bios: Dr. Danielle Vance-McMullen is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Nonprofit Management at DePaul University. She uses big data and behavioral experiments to research donor behavior and nonprofit competition in new charitable giving contexts. She is active in DAF research and is a co-founder of the Donor-Advised Fund Research Collaborative. 

Dr. H. Daniel Heist is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management in the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics at Brigham Young University. Dan earned a BA from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, and a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on charitable giving, philanthropy, and volunteering. His nine years of professional fundraising experience inform his research and teaching. Dan is a leading expert on donor-advised fund research and co-founder of the Donor-Advised Fund Research Collaborative. He and his wife Katie have five children.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 13:00