June 14, 2016
Updated June 12, 2017

Make the Most of ‘Giving USA’ Findings With These Tools

Total giving set a record for the third straight year in 2016, the latest "Giving USA" report found, and donations are projected to grow by 3.6 percent in 2017, according to a forecast released in January.

Fundraisers who want to take advantage of favorable conditions for charitable giving can consult these resources from The Chronicle to help increase revenue.

Last year, individual giving rose 2.6 percent, to $281.9 billion. For advice on how to get new donors, read "How to Find and Solicit New Donors," and for guidance on keeping contributors for the long haul, consult "Want Your Donors to Give Year After Year? Start Here."

Private and public foundations increased their giving by 2.2 percent, to a total of $59.3 billion. If you’re looking for ideas for attracting foundation support, read "Tips and Advice for Better Grant Seeking."

For those planning to seek corporate support in the coming year, the timing could be right: Corporate giving reached $18.6 billion, a 2.3 percent increase from 2015. For ideas on how to get gifts from companies, see "How to Attract Corporate Philanthropy."

Although giving from bequests fell by 10 percent in 2016, experts expect planned giving to boom in near future as baby boomers grow older. Our "Getting Started With Planned Gifts" tool kit offers helpful tips and ideas.

If staying on top of all of these sources of revenue leaves you feeling like you need a bigger staff, consult "How to Budget for Fundraising Growth."

June 14, 2016

Donations Grow 4% to $373 Billion, Says ‘Giving USA’

International and education organizations fared particularly well, according to the annual report on philanthropy in America. But are there signs of slowing growth ahead?

Tool Kit
February 27, 2015

Want Your Donors to Give Year After Year? Start Here.

These key concepts can help your nonprofit increase its retention rate.

Tool Kit
March 02, 2015

Tips and Advice for Better Grant Seeking

Key concepts and advice to help organizations win grants from foundations.

Tool Kit
February 09, 2016

How to Attract Corporate Philanthropy

A guide to the sometimes confusing world of business philanthropy, including social-responsibility departments, corporate foundations, marketing divisions, and more.

Tool Kit
March 01, 2015

Getting Started With Planned Gifts

Key concepts, ideas, and resources to help your organization set up a planned-giving program.

Tool Kit
June 10, 2015

How to Budget for Fundraising Growth

Extensive research has shown that budgeting more for administrative costs in the development office results in substantially greater contributions.