Charitable Giving in 2010

Bob Cryer

Bob Cryer

According to the Executive Summary of Giving USA 2011 Report of the Giving USA Foundation, charitable giving in 2010 was up 3.8% over 2009, well ahead of the inflation rate of 1.1%.

Sources of Charitable Donations  

  • Bequests show the greatest improvement with a gain of 18.8%, but bequests only account for 8% of the charitable giving.
  • Donations by individuals, which account for 73% of total charitable giving, were up 2.7% over 2009.
  • Foundations grants, which account for 14% of total giving, were down 0.2% verses 2009, while corporate giving, which accounts for the remaining 5% of giving, were up 10.6% verses 2009.
Recipients of Charitable Donations  

  • Giving to the international affairs nonprofit subsector had the greatest increase of 15.3% over 2009, probably due to various international political and humanitarian crises.
  • The other subsectors that did better than average were education, arts, culture, humanities and public-society benefit nonprofits with gains of 5.2-6.2% over 2009.
  • Giving to individuals, religions, foundations, human, health, environmental and animal services subsectors were well below average, ranging from losses of 0.7% to gains of just 1.9% verses 2009.
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Author: Bob Cryer, Executive Coaches of Orange County,