Start Date

23-10-2015 2:15 PM

End Date

23-10-2015 3:30 PM

Document Type

Article

Description

Each and every sponsoring organization maintaining donor-advised funds – as well as each donor – is subject to a host of requirements under existing law to ensure that charitable funds are used exclusively for charitable purposes. Beginning with the requirements of the “operational test” for tax exemption and continuing through focused penalty provisions (which are not yet fully implemented), the foundation is in place to enforce compliance and prevent abuses, with much room for additional regulatory guidance and enforcement. Ensuring that charitable funds are properly used depends on rigorous employment and enforcement of these rules of general application, and not on arbitrary classifications and labels imposed on sponsoring organizations.

 
Oct 23rd, 2:15 PM Oct 23rd, 3:30 PM

Donor-Advised Funds: The Case for Consistent Principles

Each and every sponsoring organization maintaining donor-advised funds – as well as each donor – is subject to a host of requirements under existing law to ensure that charitable funds are used exclusively for charitable purposes. Beginning with the requirements of the “operational test” for tax exemption and continuing through focused penalty provisions (which are not yet fully implemented), the foundation is in place to enforce compliance and prevent abuses, with much room for additional regulatory guidance and enforcement. Ensuring that charitable funds are properly used depends on rigorous employment and enforcement of these rules of general application, and not on arbitrary classifications and labels imposed on sponsoring organizations.