This report examines data from 976 charitable organizations which sponsor donor-advised funds (DAFs). The results show increases in every key metric for the eleventh consecutive year.
The COVID-19 pandemic, the amplified fight for racial justice, a polarizing political environment and major climate events marked 2020. We are still experiencing the effects of these events in our country and around the world. As many DAF sponsors report on a fiscal year schedule, this report does not yet show the full DAF response to these events. However, we observe from experience and 15 years of data that DAF donors respond—quickly and generously—in the face of pressing problems. This edition of the Donor-Advised Fund Report reflects how DAF donors respond to urgent need.