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2017 Donor-Advised Fund Report

on November 20, 2017

The 2017 Donor-Advised Fund Report uses 2010 through 2016 fiscal year data from nearly 1,000 charities. For the seventh consecutive year, there was growth in all key metrics—number of individual donor-advised funds, total grant dollars from them, total contributions to them and total charitable assets in them. As expected, the rate of growth has slowed after several robust years of double-digit percentage growth.

In 2016, there were approximately 285,000 individual donor-advised funds across the country. Donors contributed $23 billion to these donor-advised funds and used them to recommend almost $16 billion in grants to qualified charities. Both grants and contributions are record highs. Charitable assets in donor-advised funds totaled $85 billion, an increase of 9.7 percent over the prior year. This growth reflects increased contributions to donor-advised fund accounts (up by 7.6 percent) and investment gains. Read more.

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