Introducing the DAF Giving Summit Awards

The DAF Giving Summit Awards highlight visionary leaders and teams driving philanthropy forward.

As part of the 2024 DAF Giving Summit, we are excited to honor and celebrate outstanding achievements and collaborations across the donor-advised funds (DAF) sector.

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Program Goals

Right pointing arrowInspire institutions, advisors, and charities
to undertake innovative and transformative initiatives

Right pointing arrowCurate, celebrate, and elevate
remarkable stories of impact and collaboration

Submit your nomination today

Join us in celebrating the transformative power of donor-advised funds. Please submit your nominations and help us honor the leaders and innovators driving meaningful change.

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Award Categories

We will recognize one winner and two additional finalists for each award category. The DAF Trailblazer Award will recognize a single honoree.

hexagon stylizedDAF Trailblazer

Honors an individual who has made a significant impact over the past year or throughout their career. Selected by the Awards Committee, this award is not open for nominations.

hexagon stylizedTransformative Gift

Awarded to a donor or advisor for a DAF gift, regardless of size, that led directly to a highly impactful grant.

Criteria: The grant must have occurred within the eligibility window; the gift leading to it can have been made prior to the eligibility window.

hexagon stylizedCollaborative Impact

Celebrates two or more DAF programs that have partnered to collaboratively serve their respective donors, achieving significantly greater impact together than they could have independently.

Criteria: Collaborations are typically multi-year, but the award is given to nominees who have driven tangible impact within the eligibility window.

hexagon stylizedSynergy for Change

Recognizes a DAF program and an operating charity that have partnered to serve donor, charities, and their beneficiaries, achieving greater impact together than they could have independently.

Criteria: Like the Collaborative Impact award, this typically involves multi-year partnerships driving tangible impact within the eligibility window.

hexagon stylizedAdvisor Excellence

Celebrates a professional advisor who has gone above and beyond to work innovatively or collaboratively with their clients, other advisors, or DAF programs to drive outsized impact.

Criteria: Significant innovation or collaboration leading to measurable impact during the eligibility window.

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2024 DAF Giving Summit Awards Timeline

June 30, 2024

Nominations open

August 15, 2024

Nomination deadline

September 10, 2024

Winners & Finalists Notified

October 17, 2024

Winners Announced
at the 2024 DAF Giving Summit

Eligibility Window

For the 2024 awards, the eligibility window is from January 2023 to June 2024.

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Meet the Awards Committee

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Erinn Andrews

Founder, GiveTeam

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Principal, Integer

GIDEON TAUB

Chief Strategy Officer, Ren
Head of Content and Programming for the DAF Giving Summit

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DAVID H. WILLS

President Emeritus, National Christian Foundation

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CEO, Daylight Advisors

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Submit Your Nominations today!

We invite you to be part of this prestigious program by submitting your nominations. There is no limit to the number of nominations an individual can submit; please feel free to submit nominations in one or more categories. Help us celebrate the extraordinary achievements in the DAF sector. Don’t miss this chance to recognize those making a profound impact!

Join us in celebrating the transformative power of donor-advised funds. Submit your nominations and help us honor the leaders and innovators driving meaningful change.

Recusal Policy and Impartiality

The DAF Giving Summit Awards Committee’s actions will follow the guidelines outlined in our Recusal Policy and the Scoring and Impartiality Statement.