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5 Reasons for Christian Foundations to Switch to Christian Donor Advised Funds



            Some Christian givers have established private foundations.  A private foundation can be a good vehicle for individuals to conduct their giving.  However, Christian givers with private foundations may consider switching to a Christian donor advised fund for 5 key reasons:


1.            Anonymity.   As you now, the private foundation is required to file an                         annual tax return, a 990.  That tax return is publicly available on a             number of websites.  In short there is a complete lack of anonymity for             the public foundation not only in the assets that it holds but in the people             associated with the foundation and the grants that it makes.


2.            Security.  Because the private foundation information is publicly             available, it poses security risks for those traveling abroad.  The State             Department notified one of our donors who also used a private             foundation and encouraged him to shut down his private foundation.              The size of the foundation and the lack of anonymity made the donor a             candidate for kidnapping and ransom.



3.            Harrassment.  Because of the fact that grants are published, some             private foundations have been subject to picketing, letters, etc.  If a             foundation funds a controversial activity, then activists  have opposed             those foundations funding pro family, pro             Christian agendas.  In short,             activist groups are scanning private foundation tax returns for such             activity.

4.            Restrictions on Gifting.  There continues to be a concerted effort to begin             to limit grants from private foundations.  The Greenlining Institute is             actively campaigning to limit private foundation giving.  They want to             require that at least 50% of private foundation grants go to politically             correct organizations, i.e., anti-family, anti-marriage, etc.


5.            Growth/Networking of the Christian Community.  One of the key             benefits of being involved with a Christian community foundation is the             fact that they have become great networking organizations.  They hold             events where other Christians can gather, meet each other, do business             together, and even giving together.  It is the activity of the church being             the church.  Certainly, the stand alone private foundation does not afford             that opportunity.


            For more on private foundation conversion to a donor advised fund, visit 


About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the National Christian Foundation Heartland. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: » Learn More

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