#GivingUSA2019: 2018 Giving Increased by 0.7%

For over 60 years, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy has provided comprehensive charitable giving data for reliant donors, fundraisers and nonprofit leaders. Published annually since 1956, Giving USA is the longest-running and most comprehensive report on philanthropy in the United States.

Giving USA allows you to identify trends in charitable giving important to the success and growth of organizations. These organizations can use the data from Giving USA to inform fundraising strategies and allocate resources for the greatest outcomes.

Dini Spheris is a proud member of the Giving Institute and donor to the Giving USA Foundation. On June 21, Dini Spheris, in partnership with the United Way of Greater Houston, will present a workshop on Giving USA 2019’s key findings. For information and registration details on this workshop, please click here.

With the release of #GivingUSA2019, we see some of the following key takeaways:

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Giving USA 2019 Highlights

  • Americans donated an estimated $427.71 billion to charity in 2018. Total estimated charitable giving in the United States rose 0.7 percent between 2017 and 2018. Charitable giving reached its second highest level ever.
  • Giving by Foundations estimated at $75.86 billion, increased 7.3 percent in 2018. Grantmaking by community foundations rose 10.2 percent from 2017 while Grantmaking by operating foundations and independent foundations also increased at 4.9 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively.
  • Giving by Bequest estimated at $39.71 billion, staying flat in 2018 compared to 2017 with a 0.0 percent increase.
  • Giving by Corporations estimated at $20.05 billion, increased 5.4 percent in 2018. Corporate giving includes cash and in-kind contributions made through corporate giving programs, as well as grants and gifts made by corporate foundations. Corporate foundation grantmaking is estimated to have totaled $6.88 billion in 2018, an increase of 6.5 percent from 2017.
  • Giving by Individuals estimated at $292.09 billion, decreased 1.1 percent in 2018. This year is the first time giving by individuals has fallen below 70 percent of overall giving since at least 1954.

The key takeaways above come from Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018. The production and release of Giving USA is the result of the collaborative efforts of Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of The Giving Institute, and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

For more information on the report or to purchase a copy, please visit http://givingusa.org/.

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