When Donor Meets Purpose


This Essay addresses a gap in law and the Restatement of the Law Charitable Nonprofit Organizations regarding the relationship between a charitable nonprofit’s donors and its purpose. I argue that charitable nonprofits can align their purposes with the personal or professional identities of their donors, and it may be in the best interest of some charities to do so. Charities whose purposes are to address racial or economic inequality should seriously consider aligning their donor identity with their purpose as a way of improving their legitimacy in the communities they serve, and to reach previously untapped sources of funding.