Five Questions for Matt Nash, Executive Director of Blackbaud Giving Fund

Based in North Carolina, Matt Nash previously served as the senior vice president of marketing and donor experience for Fidelity Charitable. He’s now executive director of Blackbaud Giving Fund, the charitable arm of Blackbaud, the the cloud computing provider that serves nonprofits, foundations, schools and other social change organizations.

Blackbaud Giving Fund serves as a host for donor-advised funds, connecting donors and companies to nonprofits around the world, with a focus on workplace giving. The fund moves a lot of money — since August 2020, it has administered over $1 billion in donations to 195,000 nonprofits around the world.

I recently caught up with Nash to find out more about his work with Blackbaud Giving Fund, the kinds of donors it works with, and the organizations it support. And in a philanthropic era when donor-advised funds are in the spotlight, I also asked him about the potential dangers of DAFs and what the sector can do to make sure these vehicles are used effectively. Here are some excerpts from that discussion, which have been edited for clarity.