Until the River Runs Dry
Every year, wealthy donors divert more money into intermediaries, drying up the river of donations meant for working charities. We can change that.
Donor-Advised Funds Now Take in a Fifth of Individual Charitable Giving
A set of our hot takes from the National Philanthropic Trust’s latest report on DAFs.
‘Tis Always the Season for Billionaire Philanthropy
Americans are their most charitable at year’s end. But even on Giving Tuesday, billionaire donors crowd out the impact of small-dollar gifts.
Do the Forbes Philanthropy Scores Give Foundation Donors Too Much Credit?
The giving estimates behind the scores include some outlays from private foundations that shouldn’t actually count as charitable giving.
The Rise of the Monster DAFs
Rising like monsters from the deep, donor-advised funds (DAFs) have finally caught up with foundations as the wealthy donor’s charitable warehousing vehicle of choice — and are poised to eclipse them.
Reining in Philanthropic Megadonors: What the Data Tell Us Is Needed
While megadonor gifts are celebrated, the growing dominance of large donors speaks to an erosion of democratic values. This must be addressed now.
Report: Gilded Giving 2022
Our nation’s charitable system is in danger of becoming a taxpayer-subsidized platform of private power for the ultra-wealthy.
Giving USA 2022: Charity Sector Stable but Increasingly Top-Heavy
Giving USA 2022 is the gold-standard report on charitable giving in the United States. But this year’s story glosses over two important pieces of long-term context: what has happened to the giving capacity of typical Americans, and where much of the charitable giving has actually gone.
Visualize This: Donor-Advised Funds As Largest Recipients of Charitable Gifts
Watch this stunning time lapse illustration of the rise of donor-advised funds (DAFs) as the largest recipients of charitable gifts.
New Data Tells Us Where Donor-Advised Fund Dollars Go—And Don’t Go
A new research database reveals that many donor-advised fund donations take years to make it to the coffers of operating nonprofits.
Time to Move the Money: Independent Research on Donor-Advised Funds
Charitable giving has become a taxpayer-subsidized extension of private power and influence for the wealthiest people in the country. It’s time to fix that.
How Russian Oligarchs Funnel Money to U.S. Charities
But it is not just Russian oligarchs that have been increasingly abusing charity for financial or political gain; U.S. oligarchs do it too.
Top-Heavy Philanthropy Explained in 8 Charts
How the concentration of wealth is warping the giving sector, from our Charity Reform Initiative.
How Do We Fix Abuses of Donor-Advised Funds?
Donor-advised funds are set up to provide more benefit to their wealthy donors than to public charities. We can fix that.
Phil Knight’s Billion-Dollar Philanthropy: Generosity or Self-Service?
New revelations about the Nike founder’s tax-dodging schemes raise questions about his charitable giving.
More Evidence of Warehousing of Wealth in Donor-Advised Funds
New report finds more than one billion dollars in DAF grants went to other commercial DAFs in 2019.
New Research Suggests DAF Payout Is Worse Than We Thought
We must prevent our charitable system from being misused by those with the means and motivation to do so.
What Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta Means for Charities — and Our Democracy
A new Supreme Court decision enables billionaires to anonymously weaponize their philanthropy.
REPORT: Silver Spoon Oligarchs
How America’s 50 Largest Inherited-Wealth Dynasties Accelerate Inequality
Foundation Payout Mandate Would Raise $8.7 Billion in Revenue Over 3 Years
The mandate would also have both a positive fiscal impact and give a $200 billion boost to active charities.