Giving USA 2020 Report: Charitable Giving Trends

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For over 60 years, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy in America, has provided comprehensive charitable giving data that are relied on by donors, fundraisers, and nonprofit leaders. The research in the annual report estimates all giving to charitable organizations across the United States. Giving USA is a public outreach initiative of Giving USA Foundation and is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Giving USA Foundation, established in 1985 by The Giving Institute, endeavors to advance philanthropy through research and education.

Giving USA 2020: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2019, was released on June 16th. We rounded up the key findings for you here!

2019 Giving Stats

Total of charitable contributions in 2019: $449.64 billion
  • Giving by individuals made up 69% of total giving in 2019
  • Giving by foundations (including grants made by independent, community, and operation foundations) made up 17% of total giving in 2019
  • Giving by bequest made up 10% of all gifts in 2019
  • Giving by corporations made up 5% of total giving in 2019
Changes in giving by source (in current dollars)
  • Total cumulative giving from 2017-2019 is up 4.1%
    • 2017-2018: Flat at -0.2%
    • 2018-2019: Increase of 4.2%
  • Cumulative change in giving by individuals from 2017-2019 is 2.3%
    • 2017-2018: Decreased 2.3%
    • 2018-2019: Increased 4.7%
  • Cumulative change in giving by grantmaking foundation is 7%
    • 2017-2018: Increased 4.4%
    • 2018-2019: Increased 2.5%
  • Cumulative change in giving by bequest from 2017-2019 is 9.8%
    • 2017-2018: Increased 9.6%
    • 2018-2019: Slight increase of 0.2%
  • Cumulative change in giving by corporations from 2017-2019 is 9.5%
    • 2017-2018: Decreased 3.4%
    • 2018-2019: Increased 13.4%

It’s worth noting that in inflation-adjusted dollars, total cumulative giving remained flat at around -0.2% over the period of 2017-2019 (down 2.5% in 2017-2018 and up 2.4% from 2018-2019). Giving by individuals was down by about 2% in inflation-adjusted dollars (down 4.6% in 2017-2018 and up 2.8% from 2018-2019). 

Breakdown of $449.64 billion in total giving by type of recipient organizations
  • 29% Religion ($128.17 billion)
  • 14% Education ($64.11 billion)
  • 12% Human Services ($55.99 billion)
  • 12% Grantmaking foundations ($53.51 billion)
  • 9% Health ($41.46 billion)
  • 8% Public-society benefit ($37.16 billion)
  • 6% International affairs ($28.89 billion)
  • 5% Arts, culture, and humanities ($21.64 billion)
  • 3% Environment/animals ($14.16 billion)
  • 2% To individuals (10.11 billion)
Changes in giving by type of recipient organization from 2017-2018, from 2018-2019, and cumulative 2017-2019
  • Religion
    • 2017-2018: +0.2%
    • 2018-2019: +2.3%
    • 2017-2019: +2.5%
  • Education
    • 2017-2018: +1.9%
    • 2018-2019: +12.1%
    • 2017-2019: +14.3%
  • Human Services:
    • 2017-2018: +2%
    • 2018-2019: +5%
    • 2017-2019: +7.1%
  • Foundations:
    • 2017-2018: -0.3%
    • 2018-2019: +2.5%
    • 2017-2019: +2.1%
  • Health:
    • 2017-2018: +1.3%
    • 2018-2019: +6.8%
    • 2017-2019: +8.3%
  • Public-Society Benefit
    • 2017-2018: -3.7%
    • 2018-2019: +13.1%
    • 2017-2019: +8.9%
  • Arts, Culture, and Humanities:
    • 2017-2018: +5.9%
    • 2018-2019: +12.6%
    • 2017-2019: +19.3%
  • International Affairs:
    • 2017-2018: +13.8%
    • 2018-2019: -0.4%
    • 2017-2019: +13.4%
  • Environment/Animals:
    • 2017-2018: +6.1%
    • 2018-2019: +11.3%
    • 2017-2019: +18.1%

The full Giving USA 2020 report can be purchased here! Enjoy the data goodness!

 

 

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