The 2016 Donor-Advised Fund Report uses 2015 fiscal year data from 1,016 charities. For the sixth consecutive year, there was growth in all key metrics—number of individual donor-advised funds, total grant dollars from them, total contributions to them and total charitable assets in them.
For the second year in a row, the most significant one-year growth is reflected in grants. Grantmaking from donor-advised funds to qualified charities jumped nearly 17 percent between 2014 and 2015, from $12.42 billion to a record $14.52 billion. We predicted this growth in last year’s report and believe that grantmaking will continue to rise as new donors grow accustomed to using a donor-advised fund for their charitable giving.
In addition to a record grant total, contributions to donor-advised funds also hit an all-time high of $22.26 billion in 2015, representing 8.4 percent of total individual giving in the US—also a new high. Contributions helped increase total donor-advised fund assets beyond $78 billion.