Giving USA 2018: Giving reached over $400 billion!

Posted , by Keith Curtis, Founder, President. Topic: Donor Communication, Donor Retention, Giving USA, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Gifts Programs.

Powered by a booming stock market and a strong economy, charitable giving by American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations to U.S. charities surged to an estimated $410.02 billion in 2017, according to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017, released today. Giving USA is the longest-running and most comprehensive report of its kind… Read more »

Wendy shares highlights from “Giving to Religion” forum

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Giving USA.

I recently attended the Gurin Forum presented by Giving USA Foundation in Chicago, where recent research on giving to religion (commissioned by Giving USA and conducted by the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University) was presented. Giving USA has continually shown giving to religion shrinking as a part of overall giving. This forum took a deeper dive into that trend.  The… Read more »

Positive trends seen in giving to community colleges

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Giving USA, Higher Education, Philanthropy Research & Events.

Good news for higher-ed advancement professionals—your hard work and investments in your fundraising program are paying off! As institutional budgets continue to shrink and the role of private philanthropy becomes more important than ever, it appears that your efforts are showing results. Last month, our president Keith Curtis, immediate past chair of Giving USA Foundation, shared with you the overall… Read more »

Positive trends seen in giving to arts, culture & humanities

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Arts & Culture, Giving USA, Philanthropy Research & Events.

With a banner year for giving to arts, culture and humanities, these organizations have employed a variety of innovative tactics to engage donors and increase the contributed revenue that supports their missions. This investment in arts fundraising has resulted in a measurable boost in success. As immediate past chair of Giving USA Foundation, last month I shared with you the overall… Read more »

Giving USA 2017: Donations reach new high of $390 billion!

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Giving USA.

American individuals, estates, foundations and corporations contributed an estimated $390.05 billion to U.S. charities in 2016, according to Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016, released today. Giving USA is the longest-running and most comprehensive report of its kind in America. It is published by Giving USA Foundation, a public… Read more »

Key giving trends for arts & culture institutions: A sector-specific look at GIVING USA

Posted , by Michael Marks, Consultant. Topic: Arts & Culture, Giving USA.

It’s a good time to work in the arts. Charitable donations to this sector reached their highest level ever—an estimated $17.07 billion—last year, thumb according to Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015, which was released June 14. Last month, our president Keith Curtis, immediate past chair of Giving USA… Read more »

Key giving trends for community colleges: A sector-specific look at GIVING USA

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Giving USA, Higher Education.

As the pressure increases on institutional budgets and presidential performers, higher-ed development professionals have been required to step up their game. And it appears their efforts are paying off. Last month, our president Keith Curtis, immediate past chair of Giving USA Foundation, shared with the big-picture findings of Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy… Read more »

Key giving trends for independent schools: A sector-specific look at GIVING USA

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Giving USA, Independent Schools.

As the pressure increases to build out school campuses and increase programmatic offerings, independent school advancement programs have been required to step up their game. And it appears their efforts are paying off. Last month, our president Keith Curtis, immediate past chair of Giving USA Foundation, shared the big-picture findings of Giving USA 2016: The… Read more »

GIVING USA: 2015 was America’s most generous year ever

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Giving USA.

One billion dollars a day. That’s how much Americans give to help others, on average. Thanks to their generosity, total U.S. charitable giving reached an estimated $373.25 billion in 2015, achieving an all-time high for the second consecutive year. The findings were announced today, as Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year… Read more »

Giving trends help nonprofits be strategic

Posted , by By Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Giving USA, National Philanthropy Day.

Many holidays celebrate gift-giving… National Philanthropy Day celebrates those who give back. As we honor the individuals and organizations who set the standard for charitable investment, we have an opportunity not only to thank them but to learn from them. I hope many will follow their stories—and follow their examples. Americans reached a charitable-giving milestone… Read more »