AFP Complimentary Webinar (Sponsored): Why Donor-Advised Funds are Changing the Game in 2023

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1:00-2:00 PM Eastern | Presenter: Patrick Schmitt
Eligible for 1 CFRE Education Point

Giving via Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) has surged over the past few years: grants from DAFs to nonprofit organizations totaled $46 billion in 2021, a five-fold increase compared to a decade prior. More and more donors are opening these tax-savvy accounts, and more than two-thirds of contributions are appreciated assets like stock and crypto, which have a massive impact on long-term success for nonprofits. 

If fundraising professionals can get better at finding, cultivating, and stewarding DAF donors, they’ll have a significant impact on the future of their organization.

In this webinar, Patrick Schmitt, the co-CEO of FreeWill, will share the latest insights on DAF growth and giving, the steps fundraisers should take to secure more of these gifts, and findings from our recent DAF survey of hundreds of nonprofit professionals.

In this webinar, we'll cover:

  • 2022 DAF giving trends
  • Insights on DAF giving and growth
  • Navigating different types of DAFs
  • Steps to find and cultivate DAF donors
  • Advanced strategies for soliciting DAF donations


Sponsored by: The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy
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Patrick Schmitt, Co-CEO, FreeWill
Patrick Schmitt is co-CEO of FreeWill, which he and fellow FreeWill co-CEO Jenny Xia founded at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2016. FreeWill’s charitable giving platform makes it easier for nonprofit fundraising teams to unlock transformational gifts, and to date has generated over $6.6 billion in new gift commitments for thousands of nonprofit organizations. Patrick hosts FreeWill’s popular webinar series, educating thousands of nonprofit fundraising professionals each month about planned and non-cash giving strategies.

Before FreeWill, Patrick was the Head of Innovation at Change.org, where he helped grow the organization to 100 million users in four years. Prior to that, he ran email marketing for President Obama and served as Campaign Director for MoveOn.org


CFRE Focus Areas

Current and Prospective Donor Research
Securing the Gift
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