Americans’ Understanding and Opinions about Charitable Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds

Mar 06, 2024
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In today's climate, we are used to seeing polls where public opinion on issues is sharply split along the political axis. Debate is highly polarized, with opposing parties staking out competing positions that seldom converge.

Inequality.org and The Giving Review might seem to represent opposite poles in such debates – an odd couple for collaboration. And yet, as we came together to discuss what's gone awry in the current state of charitable giving and the incentives our tax system provides to donors, we learned something quite remarkable: we were in near complete agreement about that which should concern the nonprofit sector and policymakers.

We cooperated in this survey to see whether our own experience reflects public opinion more broadly –and the results suggest that it does.