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David And Jennifer Risher Advocate For #HalfMyDAF

Kendyl Kearly | November 17, 2020 | People

With communities in dire need and more than $120 billion sitting unused in Donor Advised Funds, the couple instituted a challenge: #HalfMyDAF. In other words, spend half of the donations on grants now because the rainy day has come.

David and Jennifer Risher Photo

What were your backgrounds before you started the campaign?
JR: David leads Worldreader, a nonprofit that uses digital reading to help children reach their potential everywhere, from sub-Saharan Africa to Oakland.
DR: Jennifer is the author of We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth that tells our story about getting lucky and explores the hidden impact of wealth on identity, relationships and family.

What has been the impact of #HalfMyDAF?
DR: As of mid-August, the movement had raised $5 million for nonprofits supporting homelessness, food security, community support, racial justice and more. The first version of #HalfMyDAF ended on Sept. 30, but we’re laying plans to continue in 2021.

What’s something that people don’t usually understand about philanthropy?
JR: Philanthropy can quickly address challenges. But it alone won’t change systems or work at nationwide scale long-term. The pandemic reminds us that a well-run, competent government matters too—and requires an investment of time, energy and money.

Photography by: Mia Risher