The Future of Donor Advised Funds

Thursday, March 4
4pm ET



We will learn about the proposed changes to the rules that govern Donor Advised Funds — what might change, why DAFs are facing scrutiny right now, and how givers might prepare for the future. We will also take a look at other changes on the horizon for charitable giving, tax rules, and donor privacy. Fred Smith from The Gathering will moderate a dialogue with Greg Maudlin, David Wills, and Jeanne McMains of the National Christian Foundation, and then we’ll take questions from the audience.


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Fred Smith

Fred Smith is the Founder of The Gathering, which he led for three decades through the end of 2018. As well, Fred was the Founder of Fourth Partner, a local foundation in Tyler that was focused on philanthropy and community development within the East Texas area. He previously joined Bob Buford in founding Leadership Network, where he served as President for 12 years. Fred spent several years as a teacher and administrator at Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina and The Stony Brook School in New York. He is a Navy veteran and a graduate of Denver University and Harvard Divinity School.
Despite a lifetime of accomplishment, Fred will tell you his true vocation is that of a Sunday School teacher and it is this role for which he would most like to be remembered. Fred and his wife, Carol, have two grown daughters and a son-in-law. They also have three well-loved grandchildren.

Jeanne McMains

Jeanne is a Senior Vice President at the National Christian Foundation, where she has been a practicing attorney in the areas of estate planning, business succession, and family philanthropy since 1995. After owning her own law firm and practicing with a large multi-state law firm, Jeanne now specializes in complex gift solutions for NCF, leading a team that assists families nationwide with achieving their charitable giving goals. Jeanne obtained her law degree from Indiana University on a full-ride academic scholarship and her undergraduate degree from Purdue University with summa cum laude honors.Read more...

David H Wills

David serves as President Emeritus of the National Christian Foundation and joined NCF in 1998 as its first President. NCF has become the world’s largest Christian grant-making foundation, serving over 30,000 families. In 2020, NCF received over $2 billion in contributions and made 270,000 grants of over $1.3 billion to 28,453 organizations.
David came to faith at a crusade in Texas Stadium when he was 10 years old. His parents wanted to hear Johnny Cash who was the opening act for a guy named Billy Graham. He graduated with a BBA and JD from Baylor University and an MTBS from Dallas Theological Seminary. David has co-authored two books, Investing in God’s Business and Family.Money.
He serves on multiple boards, including Barnhart Crane & Rigging, American Bible Society, The IF Gathering, The River Foundation, ECFA, The Impact Foundation, Trust Bridge Global Foundation, and Generous Giving, which he co-founded.
David and his wife, Chris, live in China Spring TX, which is near Crawford, TX, which is near Waco, TX. The have 7 children: 4 college graduates, 1 college student and 2 high schoolers!

greg mauldin

Greg Mauldin serves as General Counsel for NCF. In this role, he leads a team of talented legal professionals that create and implement policies and practices that allow NCF to fulfill its Christian vision and mission. Greg and his team ensure NCF’s operations are in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws.
Greg joined NCF in 2012 as Associate General Counsel. Previously he practiced law with the Atlanta-based firm, Alston & Bird, and prior to that served as a judicial clerk to 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge, Gerald Bard Tjoflat in Jacksonville, Florida.
Greg holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and a joint JD/MBA from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Katie have three teenage sons with whom they enjoy traveling and playing a variety of sports. He is thrilled to help NCF pursue its mission of enabling thousands of extraordinarily generous givers to mobilize their resources to create impact for God’s glory and the welfare of others.