Donor Advised Funds

Donor advised funds have been a part of the federal tax law of charity for nearly a century, yet only recently has it become the subject of considerable scrutiny and criticism. The following resources are intended to help members navigate the complexity of rules applicable to donor advised funds.

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Last time, Winter Storm Jonas launched a furious blitz and knocked us off our game. But after a brief huddle, we're back to the line of scrimmage for the first Legal Lunch Series of 2016. Attorneys Suzanne Friday and Bryan Del Rosario will team up to tackle several legal issues that your organization is or may experience. Take a timeout and join us Thursday, February 11 at 1 PM EST.

This webinar explored a survey the Council on Foundations commissioned from the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy about donor advised funds to community foundations. The survey questions inform the Council, their membership, and the Community Foundation National Standards Board provide a full picture of donor advised funds and their importance to communities nationwide.

At a time when donor advised funds are growing in popularity and awarding many grants that support community programs, this research is designed to understand current practices, identify the extent of exemplary practices, and inform the community foundation field on their collective individual and collective use of this giving tool.

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 includes the first comprehensive regulation of donor advised funds. These requirements generally took effect at the beginning of the tax year following enactment of the Act, for charities that hold assets in such funds. However, a provision barring the payment from donor advised funds of grants, compensation and similar payments to donors, advisors, and persons related to them took effect immediately on August 17, 2006. Understanding the definition of what is a donor advised fund also is important to the implementation of the Act’s charitable IRA rollover provision because rollovers are not permitted into donor advised funds.

In Notice 2007-21, the Treasury Department and IRS requested comments on issues relating to the organization and operation of donor advised funds and supporting organizations, to be included in a study of these organizations. The resulting report includes detailed discussion of the legal requirements for supporting organizations and donor advised funds, an analysis of available statistical information about DAFs and SOs, and more.