This past June, Giving USA released their annual overview of philanthropy in the United States with detailed numbers, graphs, and descriptions for the year’s charitable giving. The report, first published in 1956 and produced by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis since 2000, is the industry-wide measuring stick for annual giving. Before we break down the numbers, we should celebrate the fact that 2018 was ranked second highest historically in charitable giving in the United States. Americans donated nearly $428 billion to charitable ventures over the course of the year and through various forms of giving.
The non-profit world continues to be integrated into the fabric of an American culture and business environment but faces a bit of unknown future. Too much duplication of services and blending between for-profit and non-profit exist. The philanthropy sector is consistently overlooked but employs over 12.3 Million people (as of 2016). New ways of philanthropy, non-profit management, and administration or technology exist to make giving flexible, fast, and easier online!
Non-profits employ roughly 10% of all workers in America and have contributed to job growth over the last decade. During this time, nonprofits outpaced for-profit job growth by almost 4 to 1.
What does this mean for the sector and philanthropy specifically? As the sector continues to grow and mature, below are some trends to keep an eye on and consider.
When people think of family legacies, names like Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller spring to mind. These families were pioneers in business and innovation at the turn of the century in the United States and, as such, forged their names in history. But these families were also responsible for shaping the landscape of modern-day philanthropy.
As the year 2019 really gets rolling, you already may be looking at your resolutions in the rear-view mirror. If so, you aren’t alone. According to Forbes magazine, of the 40% of Americans who make resolutions every year, only 8% end the year achieving those goals. But for all the individuals out there who resolved to be more charitable, but have yet to take steps to that end, we’re here to help you keep your goals.
If you have ever worked for or with a philanthropic organization, you are well aware that the calendar from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve should just say, “BUSY.” And for good reason. According to the M+R 2018 Benchmark Study, 31% of annual giving is made in December with 12% of all annual giving happening in the last three days of the year. With all that charitable giving, there are a lot of financial advisors, fundraisers and gift processors burning the midnight oil to get every penny counted before January 1.
Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a chance to step back from the commercial consumerism that claims so much of the focus this time of year and turn our attention to philanthropic opportunities. According to the NonProfit Times, gifts to charities hit a record $274 Million on Giving Tuesday a year ago and every indication shows that 2018 should be another record-breaking year.
For financial advisors, the subject of charitable giving has often been an exciting one. While it can benefit the donor in a variety of ways, the impact on the charity can resonate for generations to come. Generational giving, specifically, can help nurture cross-generational bonds with family members, teach fiscal responsibility to the younger generations and instill philanthropic habits within the family ranks.
Hurricane season is upon us and it’s a terrible reminder that Mother Nature can destroy property, communities and lives in an instant. The country recently watched in horror as Hurricane Florence tore through the Eastern Seaboard. Ranked just behind Hurricane Harvey in the level of rainfall, Florence has left many families in the Carolinas, Maryland and along the Northeastern Seaboard reeling.
An often-cited philanthropic goal among charitable-minded individuals is to develop a lasting impact that will live on after they are gone. Whether that means instilling in your children and grandchildren a tradition of giving, or developing a means of perpetual giving to continue your charitable habits after your time on Earth has passed, having the ability to make a financial difference and creating a legacy of giving can easily be accomplished by starting a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF).
Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) have been the fastest growing philanthropic vehicle for the past five years. One of the main reasons for their popularity is their ease of use. Many advisors describe DAFs to their clients as philanthropic savings accounts. Once the assets are given, the tax deduction can be made right away and the fund holds the charitable gift until the donor recommends grants to qualified charities.