Charitable giving tops $400 billion

Charitable giving report now available from Giving USAThis year’s Giving USA 2018 report revealed that U.S. charitable giving exceeded $410 billion. Some highlights:

  • Personal giving increased by 5.2 percent, the same amount as the overall increase.
  • Corporate giving rose by 8 percent, on the back of tax reform and strong corporate profits.
  • Giving to foundations increased by 15.5 percent. A strong contributor to this was contributions to donor-advised funds. Education continues to receive the highest portion of donor-advised fund-distribution giving.
  • Giving to education increased by 6.2 percent, adjusted to a 4 percent increase with inflation. Alumni drove much of this increase.

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Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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