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Shedding Light on DAFs: Pros & Cons of New Legislation
August 26, 2019

The transparency of donor-advised funds has been the subject of much scrutiny, debate, and now in California, pending legislation. Become informed about the proposed legislation and both sides of the debate in an upcoming program offered by Candid West in San Francisco this Thursday, August 29th. You can also participate remotely via livestream.

The California Association of Nonprofits recently helped introduce California bill AB 1712, which would mandate greater transparency around donor-advised funds (DAFs) through annual reporting requirements, promoting best practices, and requiring minimum annual distributions. Opponents, however, say it violates the privacy of the individual fund donors, as well as fund advisors who make grant recommendations.

Come join us and co-sponsor, Northern California Grantmakers, for an in-depth discussion of the pros and cons of this bill between interested parties, including Cal Nonprofits, Fidelity Charitable and the League of California Community Foundations. It’s an issue of critical concern to the social sector. Contributions to DAFs rose 16.5% from 2016 to 2017, and grants from donor-advised funds to qualified charities increased nearly 20% during the same period.

Register or learn more here.

Capacity Building Session Livestream Available for Viewing
May 19, 2015

On April 29, we held a session at our San Francisco office on Capacity Building and Foundation Maps Professional 2.0. Our presenters included Foundation Center’s own Lisa Philp, vice president for strategic philanthropy, and Jen Bokoff, director of GrantCraft. Lisa gave a demo of Foundation Maps, taking us on a cross-country road trip in philanthropy. Jen presented on GrantCraft’s most recent publication, Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together. She also spoke with Jamaica Maxwell, a program officer at the Packard Foundation about best practices in capacity building grantmaking.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the session in person or as part of our virtual audience--even if you did join us and you want to rewatch it--we’ve got you covered. We recorded and edited the session, which you can view here

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