Statement on Scoring and Impartiality for DAF Giving Summit Awards

Commitment to Impartiality and Unbiased Evaluation

At the DAF Giving Summit, we are dedicated to celebrating the outstanding achievements within the donor-advised fund (DAF) industry. Our DAF Giving Summit Awards aim to highlight the most impactful stories of collaboration and innovation across the industry. To ensure a fair and unbiased selection process, the DAF Giving Summit has established a set of rigorous standards and procedures for evaluating nominations.

Scoring Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Each award will articulate what it is striving to celebrate. Each nomination should be evaluated against the goals of that specific award for which the nomination is being submitted for. As a whole the DAF Giving Summit Awards should strive to celebrate all stakeholders across the donor-advised fund industry.

Specifically, the Committee should be evaluating nominations for:

  • Ethical Standards
  • Impact
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Replicability & Scalability
  • Effective Collaboration
  • Alignment with the mission of the DAF Giving Summit
    At the DAF Giving Summit, our mission is to drive growth and efficiency across the donor-advised fund industry by bringing together all stakeholders, sharing best practices and insights, and inspiring innovation and collaboration to better meet the needs of our donors and the charities they support.

Commitment to Fairness

To ensure fairness and impartiality in the evaluation process, the following measures are in place:

  1. Independent Committee: The DAF Giving Summit has established an Awards Committee, composed of independent members who are not actively involved in the day to day operations of any specific DAF program, ensuring a diversity of viewpoints and impartiality.
  2. Recusal Policy: Committee members are required to recuse themselves from evaluating any nomination where a conflict of interest or appearance of bias exists. This policy is strictly enforced to maintain the integrity of the process.
  3. Transparent Process: The evaluation process is documented and transparent. Any external attempts to influence the decision-making process will be reported and addressed.


We are committed to ensuring that the DAF Giving Summit Awards process is conducted with the highest standards of fairness, transparency, and integrity. Our goal is to celebrate and recognize the most deserving initiatives that exemplify the best of the DAF sector, inspiring others to undertake impactful initiatives in the future.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and to celebrating the incredible work being done across the DAF industry.

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