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Giving USA 2018: Implications for Higher Ed

July 20, 2018

According to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017, total charitable giving in the United States grew by 5.2 percent to $410.02 billion in 2017. This marks the highest total amount given in the 40 years Giving USA has tracked this data, both in current dollars and when adjusted for inflation.

With this milestone year, U.S. giving continues a steady growth trend over the past eight years, indicating a positive climate for philanthropy. Giving to every category of recipient organizations increased when measured in current dollars, except for international affairs, which dropped by 4.4 percent. 

What this Means for Colleges and Universities:

Giving USA estimates that giving to education organizations (of which giving to higher education typically accounts for about 70 percent of the total) increased 6.2 percent in 2017 to $58.9 billion. The Council for Aid to Education’s Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey shows that individual giving (alumni and non-alumni) to higher education increased by 6.3 percent, a strong rebound from 2016, with alumni contributions growing by a significant 14.5 percent, foundations by 5.5 percent, and corporations holding steady at the 2016 level.

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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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Giving Trends in America Highlight Need for National Conversation

June 06, 2018

This is the time of year when some attention gets focused on giving in America. The Giving USA Foundation will release next week its report on the latest facts and trends. JGA is a member of Giving USA and the Giving Institute and we are pleased to help promote awareness of the upcoming report. 

As we do so this year, we should pay special attention to the trend lines – and what they mean not only for giving and volunteering but for our nation. From my perspective, there are mixed signs – and some real concern.

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Giving USA 2017: Implications for Healthcare

August 29, 2017

Giving USA is a valuable resource for nonprofits, providing not only a snapshot on giving for the last year, but additional insight into longitudinal trends and sector-specific giving. We've taken a look at implications for higher education nonprofits a few weeks ago and now would like to share with you some insights on trends uncovered in the data on healthcare philanthropy.

 

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Giving USA 2017: Implications for Higher Education

June 28, 2017

We've had a couple of weeks now to absorb the data on 2016 charitable giving provided by the release of the Giving USA 2017 report Now, we'd like to share a look at the implications of the data for those fundraisers involved in higher education advancement.

Total Giving

To recap, according to Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016, total charitable giving in the United States grew by 2.7 percent to $390.05 billion in 2016. This marks the highest total amount given in the 40 years Giving USA has tracked this data, both in current dollars and when adjusted for inflation.

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Giving USA Indicates Growth in Philanthropy Across All Nonprofit Sectors

June 13, 2017

Giving USA released its annual estimates of U.S. charitable giving today for 2016, and the results show overall growth during a presidential election year filled with national tumult and impending policy changes. Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy reports that total giving in our nation reached $390.05 billion in 2016, an increase of 2.7 percent over 2015. This total is the highest since Giving USA began tracking this data 40 years ago.

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Giving USA 2016 and the Implications for Healthcare Fundraising

October 06, 2016

According to Giving USA 2016, total charitable giving in the United States grew by 4.1 percent to $373.25 billion in 2015. This marks the highest total amount given in the 40 years Giving USA has tracked this data, both in current dollars and adjusted for inflation.

A few weeks ago we looked at the implications for higher education from the Giving USA data. This week we will focus in on the health sector and look at the implications of this latest giving data for healthcare philanthropy.

The good news for health organizations is that the $29.81 billion dollars given to such causes in 2015 is the highest total that subsector has ever received in current dollars – slightly surpassing the previous high water mark from 2014 of $29.43 billion. In comparison to other subsectors of recipient organizations, however, health organizations are struggling to capitalize on the recovering economy and expanded charitable giving.

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Giving USA 2016 Shows Stable Growth for Philanthropy Amidst Disruptions

June 14, 2016

Giving USA released its newest estimates of charitable giving in America today, and the results should be reassuring for nonprofits around the country as they look at the latest philanthropy trends.  According to Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, total giving grew by 4.1 percent to $373.25 billion in 2015.  This marks the highest total amount given in the 40 years Giving USA has tracked this data, both in current dollars and when adjusted for inflation. 

The past decade has been a tumultuous one for both the economy and philanthropy.  This data suggests that the years of crisis and ensuing period of recovery have now been replaced by a period of stable growth.  For the past six years, total giving to charitable causes in America has steadily increased.

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Giving USA 2014: Implications for Higher Education

December 30, 2014

Total 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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