Donors Trust, focused on conservative or libertarian causes, has some well-considered provisions for keeping a donor advised fund focused on donor intent even after the donor is gone. Whether or not you share Donors Trust's conservative viewpoint, their thoughts on how to preserve donor intent may be of interest. Specifically, they suggest a gift to a donor advised fund held by an organization whose ideals you share. Then they suggest appointing a successor to advise the fund after you are gone. Also, they suggest that the organization holding the donor advised fund restrict the successor-advisor to a range of grants consonant with the mission the donor shares with that organization. Finally, they suggest setting a term limit on the fund, say, 20 years, after which the money is given away and the fund closes. In this way you can prevent the fund from becoming a source of funding for causes you detest - as perhaps happened with, say, Henry Ford's Foundation. Perhaps for progressives, a possible place to consider for stewardship of donor advised funds might be Tides. Local community foundations which you share a focus on local causes may be another solution. But, regardless, of where you park the gift money, whether in a donor advised fund, charitable lead trust, or private foundation it is worth puzzling out the question: "Who will direct the gifts when I am gone, and what safeguards are there to keep the gifts in line with my philosophy and intent?"
Perhaps, too, at some level, one might want to ask: "Am I so wise? Might others see farther?"
How many of the best things in your life have you accomplished by intention, control, and the accountability of those subservient to your imperious will? Your marriage, for example? Your children? Your best ideas? Most of what matters comes from luck, fortune, grace or in productive conflict. Unless we are wise, our good intentions may be what the road to hell is paved with. Henry Ford if in Hell rues the Ford Foundation for deviating from his designs; if in Heaven, he has the Foundation to thank for it, given his labor practices and neolithic politics.