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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Encouraging News in the Latest Giving USA Report

Published July 30, 2014

And, a shift in donor giving trends emerges By Angela White and Jeff Small As a Giving Institute member firm, this is always an exciting time of year for us as we get to help refine, interpret, and unveil the results of Giving USA’s annual estimates of giving. The release of this rich data analysis […]

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