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What are the issues with donor-advised funds?

This 2016 post from the Urban Wire reports that the rise of DAFs raises policy questions that affect the full spectrum of charitable organizations. Ultimately, the most important question surrounding DAFs is whether their efficiency and rapid growth offer new opportunities to expand charitable activity more generally.  







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The Scope and Activities of 501(c)(3) Supporting Organizations

Supporting organizations provide a broad array of services, including grants and other financial benefits, to the organizations they support. This 2005 study found that nearly 92 percent of the large supporting organizations with no apparent grants in our sample did, in fact, provide significant financial services and benefits to their supported organizations. Complex business and legal reasons similar to those found in the for-profit world appear to lie behind the activities of most of these organizations.







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From Awareness to Action: A Case Study of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Philanthropic Strategy

This case study (2010) examines the Foundation’s philanthropic strategy to enhancing its effectiveness, identifies lessons that may help other foundations, and draws implications for the respective roles of private and public initiative in addressing major social issues.





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Foundation Expenses and Compensation: How Operating Characteristics Influence Spending

This 2006 study documents how foundation characteristics such as giving amount, asset size and staffing, and activities such as international giving and operating a “charitable” facility or research program, affect the expense levels at the 10,000 largest independent, corporate, and community foundations.





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Foundation Effectiveness: Definitions and Challenges

Drawing on interviews with 61 foundation leaders, Ostrower discusses foundation leaders’ understanding of effectiveness, their methods for judging it, and their views on how their foundations have changed (or need to change) to become more effective. The 2004 study points to the need for foundations to articulate specific understandings of effectiveness, remain attentive to these, and develop a regular process for assessing themselves in relation to their approach to effectiveness.





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Attitudes and Practices Concerning Effective Philanthropy

In 2003, the Urban Institute conducted a survey of 1,192 grantmaking foundations in order to construct a wide-ranging and rigorous portrait of attitudes and practices concerning effective philanthropy in the foundation field. The survey results tell us a great deal about how foundations see themselves, how they function, and whether they are fully functioning in the ways that they feel they should be.