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A Vote for Philanthropy: Election Season and Boundless Generosity

Written by President and CEO Elizabeth Zeigler, Executive Vice President Pat House, and Senior Counsel Gina Vaughn at Graham-Pelton   There is a real theme of tenacity in American culture. Picture the Energizer Bunny, the one that keeps going and going. Or The Little Engine That Could, which, well, did – and this year celebrates […]

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The Pandemic and Gift Planning: What We’ve Learned and What to Expect

Nathan Stelter, President of The Stelter Company   Earlier this month, nearly 1,000 fundraisers gathered online for the first-ever virtual national Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) Conference. Each year, this conference offers top-tier education, inspiration, and connections—and this year was no exception. I was honored to be a part of this year’s lineup as a co-panelist […]

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Four Year-End Virtual Fundraising Ideas You Should Try

Abby Jarvis, Nonprofit Education Manager at Qgiv   If you’re like a lot of nonprofits, you may be looking for new ways to connect with your donors this year. 2020 has been such a wild ride, and the last quarter doesn’t seem to be shaping up to something much different. Will you be able to […]

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What Fundraising Professionals Are Saying

Susan Ingmire

“I often talk about the Giving USA Executive Summary information with family foundation and nonprofit boards. The data is invaluable in building knowledge and deconstructing myths about giving. It’s an essential part of my toolkit for building a culture of philanthropy.”

Susan Ingmire
President
Ignite Philanthropy Advisors

Amy Comer

“Giving USA is critical resource in tracking trends in the sector, in particular because of the long-term view it provides. In addition to giving us a rich view both of fluctuations in giving sources and distribution patterns, it also provides an estimate for giving to religious organizations. This is important because it can often be a blind spot in research because these organizations aren’t required to file an annual financial report with the IRS.”

Amy Comer
Director
Customer & Market Insights, Blackbaud, Inc.

Heidi Jark

“I look forward to the Giving USA report every year to better help me work with not for profit organizations and our private foundation clients. The data helps me to better understand the philanthropic world around me and, many times, confirms what I see on a day to day basis. We can better serve our clients when we have research data. It helps us to better explain and structure gifts to meet both the needs of our individual clients and the missions they wish to advance.”

Heidi B. Jark
Managing Director & Vice President
The Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank

Eileen Heisman

“Giving USA is the main source for our industry’s most reliable charitable giving information. They identify trends, provide great data and embrace the spirit for how Americans engage in making the world a better place. Every philanthropic professional I know uses the data and quotes it regularly. I eagerly await to see what their findings will report every June. On behalf of the working professionals I express my gratitude to them for their scientific and disciplined approach to their work.”

Eileen Heisman
CEO
National Philanthropic Trust

We acknowledge our 2020 Platinum Sponsor, CCS Fundraising, for their generous support of this year’s publication.

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