On donor-advised funds

Boston College Law School Professor Ray Madoff talks about the announcement that a donor-advised fund raised the most charitable contributions last year – $4.6 billion – yet it doesn’t have to pay out any money or perform any charitable activities.

Read her op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She also comments on the subject for the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and National Public Radio (at 1:42).

Her areas of expertise include will contests, philanthropy, charitable deduction, estate taxes, inheritance laws, tax policy and wealth inequality, estate planning, rights of the dead, and rights of privacy and publicity. She the author of Immortality and the Law: the Rising Power of the American Dead (Yale, 2010), lead author of Practical Guide to Estate Planning (CCH), and has written on a wide variety of areas involving property and death. She has been a guest on national radio shows, including On Point, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, Here and Now, and Marketplace, and has been quoted and/or published op-eds in numerous national media entities such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Bloomberg Views, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.