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High Net Worth Donors Have Increased Giving Amounts Since 2015

October 25, 2018

JGA is pleased to share with you news about the latest study on trends in high net worth philanthropy from U.S. Trust and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Please join our webinar on November 8, 2008, as we discuss the report in detail with Dr. Una Osili, the report's author at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and William Jarvis, with U.S. Trust, Bank of America's Private Wealth Management.

The 2018 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, published today by U.S. Trust in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, finds that wealthy Americans continue to be generous with their time and money, increasing the amount they gave on average to charitable causes and organizations in 2017, including giving in the wake of natural disasters. The biennial study shows that 90 percent of high net worth (HNW) households gave to charity last year, and 48 percent volunteered time to nonprofit organizations and causes.

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Giving USA Reports U.S. Giving Tops $400 Billion in 2017

June 12, 2018

Giving USA released its annual estimates of U.S. charitable giving today, and the results show impressive growth despite a shifting national landscape. Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017 reports that total charitable giving in our nation reached $410.02 billion in 2017, an increase of 5.2 percent over 2016. This total breaks the lofty $400 billion mark and is the highest in the history of Giving USA, which began tracking this data more than 40 years ago.

Published by Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of The Giving Institute, Giving USA is the longest running and most comprehensive report of its kind in America. It is researched and created by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

All but one of the nine major categories of charitable organizations realized growth in giving. (International affairs saw a decrease of 4.4%.) Amid new national leadership, numerous national disasters, and the uncertain impact of tax law changes in December, Americans gave. This positive growth trend was fueled by a strong economy and an increase in personal consumption (4.5%)—the strongest indicator of individual giving.

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Teaching Our Children to Give: Passing Down Our Philanthropic Values to Gen Z

March 30, 2017

“Why don’t we give money to the Church any more, mom?,” was the question from my then ten-year-old son one Sunday morning. I realized that he had stopped seeing my husband and me put the envelope in the collection basket, as we had done for as long as he could remember.

Well, of course we had not stopped giving to our Church but rather had moved to a more convenient and consistent method of giving that was encouraged by our parish…. online giving. Online giving ensures a weekly collection regardless of travel or forgetting the envelope at home, yet it takes away a very important symbol of giving: the physical habit of placing the envelope in the basket for all to see.

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Understanding Baby Boomer Donors and their Giving Preferences

March 10, 2017

We now have 5 generations of donors, workers, and volunteers in the philanthropic marketplace:

  1. Gen Z (born after 1995)
  2. Millennials (1981 – 1995)
  3. Gen-X (1965 – 1980)
  4. Boomers (1946 – 1964) 
  5. Silent/Greats (born before 1946) 

Increased life expectancy, better healthcare, and delayed retirement all contribute to this unprecedented generational diversity.

Why should development professionals pay attention to generational diversity in the philanthropic marketplace? Each generation is influenced by their own economic, social, political, and environmental dynamics as well as collective experiences and different worldviews. These factors inform philanthropic behavior and generational giving preferences and have implications on how we as development professionals build relationships with donors.

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High Net Worth Donors and Their Impact on Major Gift Fundraising

November 01, 2016

 

Major gift donors are crucial for the ongoing sustainability of your nonprofit’s mission. In fact, high net worth donors often provide as much as 94% of the funds for nonprofit campaign initiatives. So, it is important that we understand their giving patterns, preferences, and motivations.

The 2016 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy released this week is the sixth edition of the biennial study, researched by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and provides nonprofits with valuable insights on this important donor demographic. The report surveyed 1,435 U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more (excluding the value of their primary home) and/or an annual household income of $200,000 or more.

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Identifying Major Gift Donors: 6 Prospect Research Data Types to Study

July 25, 2016

Looking for strategies to identify major gift donors? We’ve asked Bill Tedesco with DonorSearch to provide some insights and he shares that prospect research is a great place to start.

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Gen X Giving - Effective Fundraising Strategies for Gen X Donors

May 03, 2016

The Baby Boomer and Millennial generations are frequently top of mind in discussions and research into the generations and generational giving preferences, but what about the “in-betweens?” Given the buzz, particularly about Millennials, it may be easy to overlook a resource for significant current and future donor growth for your organization: Generation X.Generation_X.jpg

Also known as Gen X, this group includes those born in the United States from 1964 to 1980. Gen Xers are sandwiched squarely between older Baby Boomers and younger Millennials and represented 20% of total giving in the U.S. in 2013.

Based on data compiled by Pew Research Center, notable characteristics of this generation include:

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Developing the Next Gen of High-Net-Worth Donors

June 04, 2015

While we all know many examples of extreme generosity through charitable bequests, a new CNBC survey of high-net-worth individuals paints a different picture.

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Women Give 2014: The Latest Research on Women’s Philanthropic Giving Patterns

December 11, 2014

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy focused their 2014 research, Women Give 2014, on the impact of religion as a key influencer of women’s philanthropy. Religiosity has long been seen as a key influencer for individual charitable giving but what about the impact of both religion and gender on philanthropic giving?

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Generational Giving Preferences

October 24, 2014

For the first time ever, there are now four generations of donors active in the philanthropic marketplace at the same time. Due to increased life expectancy, fundraisers are now working with a donor pool that includes representatives of the Millennial, Gen X, Boomer, and Silent/Great generations.

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