Giving USA 2014 – The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2013

Last week, the 59th consecutive edition of Giving USA, the seminal annual report on charitable giving in America, compiled by Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy was released. 

At an estimated $335.17 billion, total charitable giving from U.S. individuals, corporations, foundations and bequests in 2013 approached the peak seen before the worst of the Great Recession, adjusted for inflation, according to research released today by Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Other highlights include:

  • Total estimated U.S. charitable giving increased by 4.4%
  • Total giving has increased 22.0 percent since the official end of the recession in 2009 (12.3 percent when adjusted for inflation)
  • In 2013 per capita giving by U.S. adults reached $1016, and average U.S. household giving reached $2974

Thom Andrews, director of ONEPlace – Kalamazoo Public Library’s Organization for Nonprofit Excellence ties this research into research by author and fundraising consultant and researcher Penelope Burke on Fundraising and summarizes your action steps on this information quite succinctly in his recent post Retain for Gain:

“It may be time to evaluate your donor retention efforts. You can’t afford not to.”

Topline Considerations from Giving USA 2014 about Donors: Continue reading

Corporate Social Responsibility and Citizenship – a Public Relations perspective from PRSA on June 19

Lanah K. Hake, panelist for upcoming PRSA meetup

Have you heard of the PRSA Hoosier Chapter’s Fort Wayne Meetups?

The brainchild of Peter Schnellenberger, the meetups are aimed at connecting Fort Wayne’s talented Public Relations professionals. Because the topic hits home for nonprofits, Peter reached out to us about the upcoming June 19 PRSA meetup, “Corporate Citizenship: Fad or Differentiator?” (Register here)

Peter encouraged us to speak with panelist Lanah Hake Tarango, founder of LanahLink Social Impact Solutions, to learn more about the topic and how it applies to you.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

Well, there is a range of semantics and vocabulary used to define this growing concept. It includes terms like Social Impact, Social Return on Investment, Triple Bottom Line, Strategic Community investment, and Corporate Citizenship.

A basic definition would be “helping business understand community impact with both internal and external relationships.” These include considering things from where the money goes to where materials come from and more.

We have more official definitions, like the one from the Harvard Kennedy School, but mostly this is what we’re talking about.

Fundamentally, it’s a shift from thinking of business in isolation to seeing the ripple effect of a business’s decisions and relationships in a local community and even globally.

When strategic, [CSR] has an opportunity to maximize both community outcomes, investment and enhance branding, talent attraction, staff engagement and a range of other desirable outcomes for business.

And we’re talking about the full range of businesses doing CSR – from one-person shops to $50 million corporations.

What role can nonprofits play in CSR?  Continue reading

New Books: Donor Cultivation, Tax-exempt Compliance, Nonprofit Management

Click the covers to go to the ACPL catalog to place a hold.

Nonprofit kit for dummies / by Stan Hutton, Frances Phillips Every nonprofit’s tax guide : how to keep your tax-exempt status & avoid IRS problems / Stephen Fishman Donor cultivation and the donor lifecycle map : a new framework for fundraising / Deborah Kaplan Polivy

New Books: Professional Development, Fundraising, Board Development

Click the covers to go to the ACPL catalog to place a hold.

You and your nonprofit : practical advice and tips from the CharityChannel professional community / edited by Norman Olshansky, Linda Lysakowski Succeed in your nonprofit funding partnerships : analyzing their costs and benefits / Joanne Oppelt The invisible yellow line : clarifing nonprofit board and staff roles / Jean Block

Reminder- Upcoming ALDE: CFRE Study Days

CFRE Study Days: 

September 12 & 19, 2013  

sponsored by  ALDE

In Fort Wayne, for those wishing to view the sessions with others, we will host at Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St. Joe River Drive, 46805.

Cost: $125 for both days.

Seven total hours of webinar format presentation led by CFREs with years of knowledge and experience giving educational presentations.

The 7 hours will be divided into 5 sessions, based on the CFRE domains:

* Current & Prospective Donor Research

* Securing the Gift & Relationship Building

* Management & Accountability

* Volunteerism

* Marketing/Communications

Questions? Please contact Phyllis at phyllisw@alde.org or call (888) 630-ALDE ext. 2.

ALDE: CFRE Study Days

CFRE Study Days: 

September 12 & 19, 2013  

sponsored by  ALDE

In Fort Wayne, for those wishing to view the sessions with others, we will host at Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St. Joe River Drive, 46805.

Cost: $125 for both days.

Seven total hours of webinar format presentation led by CFREs with years of knowledge and experience giving educational presentations.

The 7 hours will be divided into 5 sessions, based on the CFRE domains:

* Current & Prospective Donor Research

* Securing the Gift & Relationship Building

* Management & Accountability

* Volunteerism

* Marketing/Communications

Questions? Please contact Phyllis at phyllisw@alde.org or call (888) 630-ALDE ext. 2.

Giving USA 2013 Highlights

The 2013 Giving USA report report was released earlier this week. Here are a number of resources with summaries on the report’s findings.

  • Go to Giving USA’s store to register and download a free copy of the 2013 report highlights, or to purchase a full copy.
  • From AFPNet, the Association of Fundraising Professionals website:

Nikki’s NotesGiving USA’s Vice Chair of the Foundation, Keith Curtis, provides an in depth look at the findings from the 2013 Giving USA Report, and talks about how it affects YOU!

“Topline Considerations from Giving USA 2013 about Donors:

• 2012 saw marked year-over-year growth in corporate giving, which is strongly linked to companies’ profits. For 2012, corporate pre-tax profits surged upward 16.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Continue reading