March 30, 2022

The Power (and Tax Savings) of Charitable Giving

#50: Entrepreneur and investor Adam Nash joins Chris to discuss the biggest misconceptions of philanthropy, the hurdles of giving, tax benefits for charitable donations, real estate investing, why Daffy was created, everything you need to know about Donor-Advised Funds, and more.

Adam Nash (@AdamNash) is the CEO and co-founder of Daffy, a not-for-profit community built around a new modern way to give. Adam is a seasoned executive, investor and advisor. He sits on the board of the investing company Acorns, he teaches the "Personal Finance for Engineers" course at Stanford and he was previously the president and CEO at Wealthfront. 


Selected Links From The Episode

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Connect with Adam Nash: Twitter | Instagram | Adam's Blog | Daffy’s Blog

Selected Works from Daffy’s blog: Let’s Close the Trillion-Dollar Generosity Gap | The Benefits of Donating Stock to Charity

Adam’s Stanford Course: CS 007: Personal Finance for Engineers

Book Mentioned:  Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Dr. Michael Norton  

Palo Alto Recommendations:   The Post | The Sea | Stanford Campus | The Dish | Shoreline Lake

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Full Show Notes 

Chris welcomes Adam to All The Hacks  (00:00) 

The biggest misconceptions about philanthropy (02:13)

How much should one give?  (03:29) 

How to know if an organization is using its money wisely (09:22)

Could people be giving more? (12:36)

The hurdles of giving (15:10)

Giving to multiple similar organizations (20:44)

Tax benefits for charitable donations (23:15) 

Donor-Advised Funds (23:49)

Why Daffy was created (27:42)

Why do large firms have such high fees on donor-advised funds? (30:34)

Donating appreciated assets (33:04)

Moving your Donor-Advised Funds (38:31)

Donor-Advised Fund apps and their ease (40:37) 

Investing inside your Daffy Donor-Advised Fund (44:31)

What people are getting wrong about personal finance (46:04)

How do alternative investments fit into your portfolio? (48:10)

Real Estate investing (52:36)

Dinner, Drink, and Something to do in Palo Alto (57:52)

Where to find Adam online (59:41)



Daffy is a not-for-profit community built around a new modern way to give, with a mission to help people be more generous, more often. They makes it easy to put money aside for charity and because Daffy Charitable Fund is a registered 501(c)(3), all your contributions  are tax-deductible. Then, whenever you want, you can give to more than 1.5 million  charities, schools, and faith-based organizations in a matter of seconds. So you can separate the decision to give  (and get your tax deduction) from deciding exactly which organization you want to support.

Also, all  the contributions to your Daffy account are invested in  a standard, ESG or crypto portfolio so they can grow tax free to let you have even more impact in the future. And if you donate any stock or crypto that has increased in value since you bought it, you get full credit for the value of the asset and never have to pay taxes on the capital gains.

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