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The face of philanthropy is rapidly changing.

Established foundations play a visible and powerful role in charitable giving, yet the vast majority of philanthropy -80%- still comes from individuals.Women, younger donors and members of racial, ethnic and tribal communities are becoming significant contributers. For many underserved communities, giving has been there for a long time, but now these contributions are being recognized.

Today's givers come from a wider economic spectrum than before. And, donors are increasingly investing through new (or, newly popular) giving vehicles, including funds at community foundations, affiliated funds and giving circles.  

Below you will find some of the latest reports, news, and information on giving in Maryland and across the country.

Quick Facts About Nonprofits:

Snapshots on Giving: 


February 24, 2015, from IUPhilanthropy: "U.S. charitable giving projected to grow 4.8 percent in 2015, 4.9 percent in 2016" 

From Giving USA 2014: Few people realize how large charities have become, how many vital services they provide, and how much funding flows through them each year. Without charities and non-profits, America would simply not be able to operate. Their operations are so big that during 2013, total giving was more than $335 billion.

How big is the sector?

  • Total giving to charitable organizationswas $335.17 billion in 2013 (about 2% of GDP). This is an increase of 4.4% from 2012. Although this is the fourth straight year that giving has increased, it is still not at the pre-recession level of $349.5 billion seen in 2007.
  • As in previous years, themajority of that giving came from individuals. Specifically, individuals gave roughly $240.6 billion (72%) representing a 4.2% increase over 2012. And it was the additional $9.69 billion in gifts made by individuals that was the main reason overall giving is up in 2013.
  • Giving by bequest was $27.73 billion (up 8.7%), foundations gave $48.96 billion (up 5.7%), and corporations donated $17.88 billion (down 1.9%).
  • Corporate giving accounts for just 5% of the total giving in 2013. And it was down primarily because of the slow growth in corporate pre-tax profits.
  • Five types of charities have reached or surpassed all-time high giving levels since the recession ended in mid-2009.
    • Giving to Education charities was up 8.9% to $52.07 billion.
    • Donations to Human Services charities wereup 2.2% to $41.51 billion.
    • Foundations saw an increase of 15.5% to $35.74 billion.
    • Health charities experienced an increase of 6% to $31.86 billion.
    • Charities that focus on the Environment/Animals saw an increase of 7.5% to $9.72 billion.
  • Giving to International charities slowed due to fewer overseas disasters.
  • Historically,Religious groups have received the largest share of charitable donations. While this was still true in 2013, the percentage dropped by 2% from 2012 making this the fifth year in a row it was down or flat. Even with the 0.2% decrease in donations this year, 31% of all donations ($105.53 billion) went to Religious organizations. Much of these contributions can be attributed to people giving to their local place of worship.
  • The next largest sector was Education with 16% of all donations.

All data is the property of Giving USA 2014the Annual Report on Philanthropy.



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