, the nation's largest donor-advised fund program, has announced record results through the first three quarters of 2013.
Through the end of the third quarter, Fidelity had awarded more than 308,000 grants totaling nearly $1.3 billion — a 20 percent increase in volume and 33 percent increase in dollars over the same period last year. Almost a quarter (23 percent) of the outgoing grant dollars were part of a grant of at least $1 million, while incoming contributions totaled nearly $1.3 billion, a 5 percent increase over the same period in 2012. Fidelity also reported that donors continued to leverage appreciated assets to fund their giving accounts, with 48 percent of contributions coming in the form of publicly and non-publicly traded assets.
"Last year, amid the uncertainty surrounding tax laws for 2013, we saw many donors increase their giving and adopt a donor-advised fund for the first time," said Fidelity Charitable president Sarah Libbey. "[O]ur new donors have jumped right into the grantmaking process and, like our established donors, are actively using their charitable account to support the causes that are important to them."