Charitable Giving Trends

The Ultimate Vision for the Guidestar Exchange

Last month a LinkedIn email from the group “GuideStar — The Nonprofit Conversation” caught my attention.  Written by David Mundy, eCommerce Manager at GuideStar, he wrote an article on the vision behind the GuideStar Exchange. Here is an excerpt: (more…)

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Causeway brings support to local causes you care about

1012870_657041407658265_629885379_nAs part of National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 21-27, 2013, I am thrilled to pay tribute to a hometown team who is setting a new standard for supporting local causes with their hyper-local platform Causeway.

This is not your typical crowdfunding site.

Compared to industry leader Kickstarter, Causeway offers something exclusive for a community. Forbes contributor Ryan Caldbeck said in his 2013 crowdfunding predictions: “While Kickstarter can be successful as the Amazon.com of crowdfunding, (more…)

Nonprofit Finance Fund 2013 State of the Sector: Change and Innovation

Slide004The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) published its 5th annual State of the Sector Survey this week, a study made possible by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. With the largest sampling to date, 5,983 nonprofit respondents from across the country participated, and the results offer a mixed bag of data for us to consider in this now familiar yet still new reality of economic uncertainty.

According to the survey, nonprofits are adapting under economic and service demand pressures that will require, as NFF CEO Antony Bugg-Levine describes it,  “systemic change and innovation– both within the sector, and more broadly as a society…” (more…)

Workplace Giving Report points to more engagement

Slide104What can we learn from nearly 100 businesses with more than 1.4 million employees contributing $230 million charitable dollars annually? America’s Charities set out to tackle this question in the recently released report: Snapshot: Trends and Strategies to Engage Employees in Greater Giving. The data reveals the largest shift in more than ten years as employers introduce strategies to engage employees more in giving.

While employers seek solutions to a more efficient and effective approach to workplace giving, America’s Charities CEO Steve Delfin believes its time for companies to launch a Version 2.0. (more…)

Crazy fun meets doing good with Moolta’s crowdfunding video challenges

images-2Crowdfunding platforms continue to experience growth. When comparing total amount raised in 2012 to 2011, crowdfunding giant Kickstarter reported a 200% increase, IndieGoGo projects raised a respectable 20% more, and Razoo– the number one exclusively charitable crowdfunding platform–reported a stellar 2012, including breaking the world’s record with $16.3 million raised online in 24 hours. (more…)

Infographic: How Americans Give to Charity

Slide40In this recently released infographic provided by Online Psychology Degree is a charitable giving snapshot using data from U.S. taxpayers who earned more than $50,000 in 2008. A key finding in this analysis is that middle class Americans give a larger percentage to nonprofits than the wealthy. See if you are surprised by this or any of the other findings: (more…)

Interactive Report Released on Charitable Giving

Slide17A recent charitable giving report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy reveals some fascinating giving demographics for the United States. Always a sucker for demographics data, I poured over the interactive content and found all sorts of goodies!

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Manhattan’s Upper East Side (zip code 10021) contributed more money than any other zip code in the country. (more…)

Giving USA 2012 Released, Donations Up Slightly

I always enjoy reading my Twitter friend Michael Rosen’s blog. His most recent post looks at the GIVING USA 2012 Annual Report on Philanthropy. Lots of goodies!

{BTW You can follow Michael Rosen on Twitter @MLInnovations and I tweet @Nmpatters.}

Michael Rosen Says...

Total philanthropic giving in 2011 was $298.42 billion, up from a revised estimate of $286.91 billion for 2010.

That’s the finding presented in Giving USA 2012, the report just released by The Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.

While the uptick of 4.0 percent in giving in current dollars is positive news, it represents an increase of just 0.9 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars. At this rate of growth, it will take more than a decade for giving to return to its pre-recession 2007 level, according to Patrick M. Rooney, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center on Philanthropy. Rooney was in Philadelphia to present the major findings of the report. Rooney stated:

The estimates for giving in 2011 are encouraging, but they demonstrate that charities still face ongoing challenges. In the past two years, charitable giving has experienced its second slowest recovery…

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Thought-provoking research on charitable giving as seen through brain scan, and Michael Rosen’s take on the impact of this study on planned giving.

Michael Rosen Says...

An exciting new study from researchers at Texas Tech University used brain scans to garner fresh insight into charitable giving behavior. Specifically, the study looked at what motivates individuals to make a charitable bequest commitment as well as what de-motivates them. This is the first time that Magnetic Resonance Imaging has been used to examine charitable bequest decision making.

This blog post marks the first time that the breakthrough findings of the Texas Tech study have been released to the nonprofit development community. I am honored that Russell N. James, III, JD, PhD, CFP furnished me with a preview copy of his draft report, “Charitable Estate Planning as Visualized Autobiography: An fMRI Study of Its Neural Correlates.”  I thank James for providing me with the draft report and for allowing me to share it with you. I also want to recognize Michael W. O’Boyle, Ph.D. who co-authored the report.

While James has written a scientific…

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