Friday, April 2, 2021
- Craig Kennedy and William Schambra published Conservatives Should Applaud — Not Fight — Efforts to Change Philanthropic Giving Rules in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, criticizing opposition to the Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving's proposed reforms.
- Dan Petegorsky published DAF Numbers Obscure Who’s Giving and How Much in InsidePhilanthropy, also criticizing opposition to the proposed reforms.
- Edward Zelinsky (Cardozo) published A Response to the Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving in Tax Notes, "agreeing with much (but not all) of its perspective and arguing that the rules applied to private foundations should also govern donor-advised funds."
At the same time, data about DAF contributions and donations continues to emerge (some from sources with a stake in the reform debate), including:
- AEI and The Philanthropy Roundtable released a new paper titled Appreciation in Donor-Advised Funds: An Analysis of Major Sponsors, describing how DAFs "have become the fastest-growing vehicle for charitable giving in recent years."
- The Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative reported that For Every Dollar Contributed to Community Foundation DAFs in 2019, Donors Granted $1.08 in 2020, with the $6.7 billion donated by community foundation DAFs to nonprofits in 2020 representing an increase of 41 percent over 2019 donations.
- The National Philanthropic Trust published its 14th annual Donor-Advised Fund Report, reporting continued rapid growth of contributions to DAFs and donations from DAFs to charities through 2019.
- The Nonprofit Quarterly published COVID-19 and Donor-Advised Funds in 2020: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?, reporting data regarding disbursements by DAFs in 2019 and 2020.
- The Nonprofit Times reported that the largest DAF sponsor organizations reported significant increases in distributions from DAFs to charities in 2020, including a 24% increase at Fidelity Charitable, a 171% increase at the National Philanthropic Trust, and a 35% increase at Schwab Charitable.
Despite this debate and new information, it is unclear at this point whether there is any interest in Congress for changing the rules for DAFs. And the IRS is still considering comments it received in response to Notice 2017-73 relating to various issues involving DAFs.