If you’re waiting for a rising tide of charitable giving, you may already have missed it.
Charitable giving in the U.S. reached an all-time high of $416 billion in 2013, according to the Atlas of Giving’s latest report on giving in the last 12 months, an increase of 13.3% over 2012. Looking ahead, the Atlas projects giving growth of just 4 percent for 2014.
Giving to philanthropies that receive most of their gifts from major donors and foundation grants grew the most. Human services received 19.1 percent more gifts and grants than in 2012. Environmental organizations saw giving grow by 18.5 percent. That’s because a booming stock market and recovering real estate caused a huge jump in the value of assets, according to Mitchell.
Religious organizations did not fare as well, reflecting their reliance on the current incomes of less affluent donors. With employment high and wages flat, giving to religion rose just 8.8 percent.
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A website that I find myself going back to frequently is the Table Wizard at the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Wondering how many nonprofits are in your state? The Table Wizard can tell you. Curious about how nonprofits like yours in your state rank by size or income? The Table Wizard has the answers.
It’s not hard to use once you get the hang of it. You’ll amaze your boss or colleagues with your extraordinary knowledge of the nonprofit community.