Just how vital are donor advised funds to the health and welfare of our communities—now and in the future? A Council on Foundations’ report, Donor Advised Funds Provide the Majority of Grant Funds Awarded by Community Foundations, reveals a host of interesting facts about these funds and their role in addressing societal needs. For example, did you know:

  • Community foundations hold more than half (53%) of the estimated $31 billion currently held in donor advised funds.

  • Donor advised funds comprise about 33% of the community foundation sector’s total assets of over $50 billion, yet make up 62% of the community foundation sector’s annual grants.

  • The payout rate from community foundation donor advised funds is three times the payout rate from other funds—16.4 % versus 5%.

The report takes a probing look at donor advised funds and offers information you can use to strengthen your community foundation’s support for advocating for the expansion and protection of these funds.

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