by Patrick M. Rooney Giving is up after two years of significant declines during the worst recession since the Great Depression. But what does that mean? Is it just a glimmer of hope, or does it warrant a sigh of relief? Will the recession have a lingering effect on American’s giving habits? Will the uptick become a sustained upturn? Giving grew an estimated 2.1 percent in real terms in 2010. That’s great news, and it’s reasonable given … [Read more...] about Is Philanthropy Facing a New Normal, or a Return to the Norm?
Giving USA Foundation (TM) and its research partner, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, today announced that total charitable contributions from American individuals, corporations and foundations were an estimated $290.89 billion in 2010, up from a revised estimate of $280.30 billion for 2009. The 2010 estimate represents growth of 3.8 percent in current dollars and 2.1 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars. Giving to religion, … [Read more...] about Giving USA: the Numbers
by Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin Charitable giving in the U.S. increased by almost four percent in 2010, a significant announcement that comes today from The Giving Institute and its research partner, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. The $290.89 billion annual total of giving for 2010 reflects actual support provided by individuals, foundations, and corporate sources. It is, in our estimation, a positive sign that … [Read more...] about U.S. Giving Increased in 2010
by Robert I. Evans & Avrum D. Lapin In our previous piece for eJewishPhilanthropy, we described a few notable trends emerging from the 2008 report of Giving USA, the highly respected and often-cited annual report outlining last year’s results for charitable giving. The study captured headlines across the country but few reporters focused on the one noticeable sector where we saw continued annual growth in overall donations: RELIGION. … [Read more...] about When Times Are Tough, People Support Houses of Worship…Even Jews!