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Giving USA 2018: Implications for Healthcare

September 06, 2018

Total Giving

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. Four subsectors (foundations; arts, culture and humanities; public-society benefit; and health) saw significant growth of 7 percent or more, with foundations leading the way with an impressive 15.5 percent growth over 2016. 

What this Means for Health Organizations:

Giving to health increased by 7.3% in 2017, with a total of $38.27 billion—the highest amount the subsector has ever received in both current and inflation-adjusted terms, surpassing the previous year’s high of $33.14 billion. Growth for health organizations has increased for the past six years, at an average of 7.9 percent from 2013 – 2017. This growth rate well exceeds the growth rate of 4.3 percent in total giving across all subsectors for the same period.

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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 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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Creating a Women’s Philanthropy Group Engages Women Donors

June 07, 2016
Member, Board of Directors, IU Bloomington Hospital Foundation

In the spring of 2015 in Bloomington, IU Health Bloomington Hospital and Indiana University announced plans for a new regional academic health campus, which will initially include a new hospital, outpatient facility, and academic building.  These facilities will replace the current IU Health facility, which has served as a community hospital since 1905.  

This once in a lifetime opportunity has the Bloomington Hospital Foundation (BHF) development team considering how to engage the community philanthropically in order to maintain a distinct community hospital feel.  Trish Oman, Director of Development for BHF has enlisted women of the community in her “Women of Vision” group to tackle this challenge.  Trish is putting women's philanthropy research into action as she taps into one of the most powerful philanthropic engines in the community for vision and leadership in service of this new community health resource.

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Importance of Grateful Patient Fundraising Programs

November 13, 2014

I am guessing there is not a hospital in the United States that doesn’t currently have, or hasn’t at least discussed establishing, a grateful patient fundraising program. As the reimbursement model changes, hospitals are increasingly looking for new revenue streams and hospital fundraising programs and foundations are under increased pressure to generate more in philanthropic revenue.

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Vision and Leadership are Key to Advancing HOPE

May 07, 2014

by Andy Canada


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Are You Investing Enough in Your Hospital Foundation?

March 26, 2014

by Andy Canada


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The Role of HIPAA in Building a Grateful Patient Program

September 23, 2013


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Listening to Donors

June 03, 2013

by Angela White


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Dare to Dream - and Learn - New Ideas in Philanthropy

May 14, 2012

by Andy Canada

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