Giving Vehicle Use Among High-Capacity Donors in the Bay Area and Implications for Nonprofits (February 2021)

In this paper, the research team at EPLI examins how high-capacity donors in the San Francisco Bay Area make gifts and how local nonprofit leaders receive gifts and build relationships with donors. In particular, the use and role of giving vehicles—such as checkbooks, donor advised funds, and family foundations—in the philanthropic process is addressed. Data comes from interviews with 50 high capacity donors and 25 nonprofit leaders in the Bay Area.