Annual Giving Doesn’t Have to Wait Until the End of the Year
by Cheryl Gerbracht, Director of Grants, AEF
A majority of our donors engage in giving through their AEF Donor Advised Fund on an annual basis. Nationally, nearly 31% of all charitable giving is done in December. Here at American Endowment Foundation, we had over $24,000,000 in grant recommendations ( and over 4400 grants) made in December 2016; that was nearly 25% of all grants made by AEF on behalf of our donors in 2016.
As we all approach the year-end, many donors keep their favorite charitable causes in mind. Additionally, many non-profits view the holiday season as a time of giving and generosity, making appeals to new and existing donors. One study determined that over 25% of non-profits raise nearly 26%-50% of their entire annual budget at the year-end.
With thousands of donors and thousands of grant recommendations happening in December alone, all grant recommendations happen on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, this means that some grant recommendations made late in the year may not make it to the non-profit organizations until 2018.
As an AEF donor, did you know you can schedule your year-end annual giving now? By using DonorCentral, you can actually schedule your grant recommendations online and specify a date up to 60 days out, allowing your grant check to be sent out on a date that you request.
For those donors who give to the same charities every year and in the same amounts, you can make your grants in October or November and avoid the giving rush that could delay your grant checks in December.
For those not familiar with DonorCentral or in need of a refresher on how to make a grant recommendation, our instructional video “DonorCentral 101” gives an easy-to-watch overview on how best to use your DonorCentral account.
If you would like additional help in understanding DonorCentral, feel free to schedule a personal tour here.
If you have more questions about your grant making, don't hesitate to contact our Grants Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.