A Quarter-Century Empowering Nonprofits

A Quarter-Century Empowering Nonprofits

April 01, 2019 by Angela E. White, CFRE

At Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, we are a philanthropic consulting firm that takes our vision quite seriously:JGA - 25 years empowering nonprofits

“JGA strengthens the field of philanthropy and empowers not-for-profit organizations to make the world a better place.”

It’s been that way since 1994, when Don Johnson and Ted Grossnickle had a vision for a distinctly different consulting firm. From the beginning, JGA was intended to be a high-quality, personalized, deeply strategic consulting practice for nonprofits. JGA would be the firm that would think intuitively about a client situation. If needed, a consultant would take extra time to do the job right. JGA would under-promise and over-deliver. And, consequently, through good service to the nonprofit community, JGA would have a positive impact in making the world a better place – living out our vision. 

 As JGA prepares to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, it is timely and appropriate to pause and look back on a quarter-century of service to the field of philanthropy and the growth that has taken place during that time. 

  • Total US charitable giving has grown from $185.83 billion in inflation adjusted dollars in 1994 to $410.02 billion in 2017. During its 25 years of service, JGA has supported our clients in their work by contributing nearly $400,000 in support of client campaigns. 
  • Giving to education has grown by 170% in the last nearly 25 years, from $21.81 billion in 1994 to $58.90 billion in 2017. JGA has historically had a large base of education clients, and has served more than 125 colleges, universities, and independent schools in the last 25 years. Since 2000, JGA-guided campaigns for educational institutions have raised more than $1.27 billion. 
  • In 1994, JGA had six clients, including Manchester College, White River State Park, Second Presbyterian Church, the Houston Zoo, and Flynn Memorial Community. Today, JGA has a diversified client base of nearly 70 education, health, faith-based, arts and cultural, and community organizations across the U.S. And, in our 25th year, we are proud to be back serving Manchester University today. 
  • Giving to health causes has grown 175% since 1994, to $38.27 billion in today’s dollars. JGA’s work with the Eskenazi Health Foundation in 2014, saw the hospital receive a $40 million gift from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, one of the largest gifts to a public hospital from an individual donor at that time. 
  • Giving to human services has grown from $14.97 billion in inflation adjusted dollars in 1994 to $50.06 billion in 2017, an impressive 234% increase. One of JGA’s longest client relationships has been with The Villages of Indiana, whom we have served for 17 years. 

 

 

SOURCE: Giving USA Foundation | GIVING USA 2018