Insights

How Well Do Human Services Organizations Do at Fundraising, Compared to Other Charities?

Published August 11, 2016

Human Services organizations (HSOs)—food banks, homeless shelters, youth services, sports organizations, family and legal services—are the organizations that many people think of when they think about the nonprofit sector. In 2014, HSOs constituted the largest percentage of all public charities (35.5 percent), but they received 11.7 percent of all charitable contributions. While some well-known HSOs […]

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Giving USA 2016 Infographic

See the numbers – ‘Giving USA 2016’ Infographic

Published June 23, 2016

Who gave and who received in 2015? See the numbers and major giving trends on Giving USA‘s infographic. [Click to view full-size]

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Giving USA: 2015 Was America’s Most-Generous Year Ever

Published June 13, 2016

Charitable donations hit record for second year in a row, at estimated $373.25 billion. Donations from America’s individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reached an estimated $373.25 billion in 2015, setting a record for the second year in a row, reports Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015, released today. That […]

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Giving USA: Americans Donated an Estimated $358.38 Billion to Charity in 2014; Highest Total in Report’s 60-year History

Published June 29, 2015

Giving USA: Americans Donated an Estimated $358.38 Billion to Charity in 2014; Highest Total in Report’s 60-year History Healthier American economy, as measured by multiple indicators, was engine for 7.1 percent growth in charitable giving CHICAGO (June 16, 2015)—Americans gave an estimated $358.38 billion to charity in 2014, surpassing the peak last seen before the […]

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Declining Alumni Giving: What’s happening? Why is it happening? And, what can we do about it?

Published March 10, 2015

In a new Giving USA Spotlight entitled “The Next Generation of Alumni Giving,” the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE) sponsored a comprehensive view of alumni giving, written and researched by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The findings are paramount to understanding the decline in alumni participation rates and, most importantly, how […]

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Perspectives on Giving USA 2014 from the Chair of the Giving USA Foundation

Published November 30, 2014

I would like to take the chair’s prerogative to bring home a point I think sometimes gets lost when it comes to Americans’ donations to our country’s philanthropic organizations. To wit, it is commonly perceived that as the stock market goes, so goes giving. This is true to a point, but let’s stop and look […]

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Giving USA 2014: Implications for Higher Education

Published September 30, 2014

Total Giving In total, Giving USA 2014 estimates that $335 billion was given to charity in the United States last year by individuals, corporations, and foundations. This is the fourth consecutive year of growth in giving, following what was an unprecedented two-year drop in giving during 2008 and 2009. Most encouragingly, this total puts the […]

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Perspectives from the Chair of The Giving Institute on Giving USA 2014

Published August 30, 2014

First, one unfinished piece of business from last year: When Giving USA 2013 was released, I wrote in this “Perspectives” column that saber-rattling from Washington about doing away with the tax deduction for charitable donations bore watching. For now, it remains intact, but as I promised, the Giving Institute will continue its vigilance and report […]

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