Increase in Giving


Good news was reported by the recently released Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report – individual giving for a second year in a row has gone up! Personally, I gave to two organizations in the past month. Normally, I do not do that. In both situations I was emotionally invested in the people connected to the organization. I am just one of many who has contributed to the 4.1% growth in small charitable contributions.

Not only is individual giving on the rise, giving increased in all issue areas. For example, giving to religious causes was up 2.7%, education up 8.9%, and human services up 4.2%.

The only decrease in charitable contributions was to foundations. Unfortunately that fell 3.8%. It seems more individuals are inclined to give directly to a cause that matters to them, just like I did.

So why the growth over the last two years? The report indicated that it was due to improving economic conditions and household finances stabilizing.


Click here to read the Giving USA 2016 report highlights.

Click here to read the Philanthropy News Digest article about the Giving USA 2016 report.

Gender Inequality in Nonprofits

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Amanda Neumann

In many ways, the nonprofit field is ahead of the game in terms of gender equality in hiring. According to GuideStar women make up 74% of the nonprofit workforce, which is significantly higher than many professional fields.

Women also have a major role in nonprofit leadership positions and board membership. Women hold 57% of the chief-executive positions at organizations with budgets of less than 1 million and according to a study published in Nonprofit Quarterly, women comprise 43 percent of the membership of nonprofit boards.

It is apparent that women make up a huge portion of the nonprofit sector. However, recent studies show that regardless of the continuously growing number of women in the nonprofit field, there is still a large gender pay gap.

How does gender inequality present itself in nonprofits?

  • Among non-profits with budgets in excess of $25 million, women constitute only 21 percent of leadership roles even though they make up 75 percent of the workforce (x)
  • Women earn significantly less than men in all [nonprofit] job categories and although women were more likely to head smaller organizations, even when factoring in organization size, women earn less (x)
  • Female Chief Development Officers (CDOs) are paid approximately 12% lower salaries than male CDOs—even after  controlling for a wide range of organizational and individual variables, including dollars raised by the organization (x)
  • Women held 57 percent of the chief-executive positions at organizations with budgets of $1-million or less but only 38 percent of the top positions at organizations with budgets of more than $1-million (x)

Some of the most pertinent information regarding gender inequality in the nonprofit field includes studies done by The Women’s College of the University of Denver and The White House Project, GuideStar, and The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

What can your organization do?

Diversity in nonprofit boards and staff is becoming an increasingly important issue. Racial, ethnic, generational, gender, and professional diversity are all key to creating and maintaining successful organizations.

Some easy steps to ensuring your organization is working towards eliminating gender inequality include:

  • Educating board members and staff about gender bias and creating strategies to counteract it
  • Surveying employees to gain a better understanding of how the organization encourages, or discourages, diversity
  • Evaluating current staff and board demographics 
  • Conducting an equal pay audit to ensure equal pay practices 

How is your organization faring in terms on gender diversity and equality?



News Flash!: Status of Nonprofits in 2015

Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey was published last month. The survey, as the name implies, focuses on the financial health of the third sector. Nonprofits today (and their funders) are looking at long term sustainability. It is challenging to look into the future because nonprofits are currently not able to meet demands or can secure the funds to do so.

Below are significant statistics of the survey:

76% of nonprofits reported an increase in demand for services
52% of nonprofits could not meet the demand
71% of those nonprofits that could not meet demand, said client needs go unmet

53% report three months or less of cash-on-hand
32% find achieving long-term sustainability a top challenge
25% struggle to be able to offer competitive pay and/or retain staff
19% cannot raise funding to cover full costs

To read the full article review by Social Velocity, click here.
To read the full article by Nonprofit Finance Fund, click here.
To view all survey results, click here.

How does your organization stack up? Let us know where your organization stands in the comment area below.

Find Foundation Stats from Your Office

So why would I want to use this you ask!

Grants from FC 1000 Foundations, to Recipients in Indiana, 2012

Because it’s a quick way for you to get some basic information right from your desk.

For example: you wonder how many corporate foundations there are in Indiana –  in less than a minute you’ll know, it’s 60 with nearly $500m in assets, with total giving just over $74m and you can view the data in list, chart or trend view.

Even download it and use it in that report your board wants tonight!

The Foundation Center’s  Foundation Stats  provides comprehensive resources for generating tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community and even better, it’s available anywhere you have access to the internet.

You can choose whether to create your search in the Foundations or Grants databases.

The Foundations data set includes fiscal information on all active funders in a given fiscal year and the Grants data set includes all grants of $10,000 or more from the Foundation Center 1000 — a sample of 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations. See the top 50 foundations and top 50 recipients for any year between 2002-2012.

Foundation Stats allows you to filter data by:

  • Fiscal year
  • Foundation type
  • Foundation location

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Women Give 2014 | The Women’s Philanthropy Institute

New Research on Women, Religion and Giving

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy recently released Women Give 2014.

The report details a meaningful shift in religious-based giving, specifically in regards to young, single women who are religiously unaffiliated.

The religiosity-giving relationship, which has been assumed to be the same regardless of gender and age, is a more complex relationship than previously thought. For the first time, this research examines the intersection of religiosity, gender, and age in a single analysis and finds a significant change in patterns of giving. In an important shift from the standard religiosity-giving story found in most previous research, young single women who are religiously unaffiliated – the ”Nones” – give roughly two times larger amounts to charitable organizations than women who are affiliated but infrequently attend religious services.

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Indiana Association of United Ways ALICE Report

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The Indiana Association of United Ways (IAUW) has released their report from the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) research project finding that 37% of Indiana households “struggle with basic necessities.” As stated by the IAUW, “ALICE represents men and women of all ages and races who get up each day to go to work, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to put dinner on the table each night.”

The ALICE Threshold is designed to account for those individuals who are above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) but are receiving income under certain sustainable living benchmarks. By introducing this new vocabulary, the United Way is attempting to discuss economic equality issues with increased transparency and clarity.

Within Allen County, the report found 57% of Wayne Township households fell beneath the ALICE Threshold while only 12% of Eel River and Aboite Townships fell beneath the Threshold. Economic conditions across the county including Housing Affordability, Job Opportunities, and Community Support were all classified as “Fair” according to an “Economic Viability Dashboard.”

Commissioned by United Ways in six states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, and New Jersey, research for the ALICE project was conducted by the Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy: How America Gives 2014 Study

Chronicle of PhilanthropyThe Chronicle of Philanthropy has released its 2014 “How America Gives” study. The study was based on aggregated data from 2012, the most recent year with available IRS tax data. This data was, in turn, compared with data from 2006 in order to determine percentage rates of change. Giving was tracked at the state, county, metropolitan-area, and Zip code levels.

The ranking of zip codes and counties was based on the ratio of an individual’s AGI to the total amount of their itemized charitable giving. Total amount tracked was $180 billion which, according to Giving USA accounts for approximately 80% of total giving in 2012.

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