By Anna Pruitt and Jon Bergdoll The big idea Large shares of grants that donor-advised funds distributed from 2014 to 2018 supported educational and religious nonprofits. That’s what we found in one of the first studies of its kind regarding the financial accounts often called DAFs. People with donor-advised funds use them to give money… Read more »
Will having so many disasters happening at the same time affect donations?
By Patrick Rooney, Ph.D. The scramble to assist the thousands of refugees who fled Afghanistan is on as the humanitarian crisis in that country grows more dire. Haiti’s recovery from an earthquake on Aug. 14, 2021, is off to a rocky start. The recovery from damage Hurricane Ida wrought in Louisiana and northeastern states could… Read more »
California wildfires: ‘How can I give in a way that means the most?’
Last year, we published a blog post about Hurricane Harvey and how individuals can donate to have the most impact. We’re finding that topic relevant today, as the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire rage in California. These fires have burned 10,000 homes and structures, and over 250,000 total people remain under mandatory evacuation orders (CBS… Read more »
Fewer Americans are giving money to charity but total donations are at record levels anyway
By Una Osili and Sasha Zarins, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Following years of steady growth that has tracked the performance of a generally healthy economy, U.S. charitable giving has reached an all-time high at a time when the share of Americans who make donations is falling. But as a lead researcher and an… Read more »