By DonorSearch

Nonprofits are in the game of giving, and when it comes to keeping your game sharp and strong, you’ll need to know all the charitable giving ins-and-outs. The good news is that, according to a Giving USA report, 2015 was the most charitable year for Americans.  The public is ready to give, and you’ll want to use all the information you can to reap the rewards of these increasingly generous people. But with tons of data available about charitable giving, the process can be overwhelming. That’s why DonorSearch is bringing you 7 statistics that will help illuminate your understanding of charitable giving. Are you ready to learn more? Take a look at our list of top picks:
  1. Giving by individuals comprised 71 percent of total giving in 2015.
  2. Giving by foundations—which includes grants made by independent, community, and operating foundations—amounted to 16 percent of all gifts made in 2015.
  3. Giving by bequest accounted for 9 percent of all gifts made in 2015.
  4. Giving by corporations comprised 5 percent of total giving in 2015.
  5. The health subsector received the fifth-largest share of charitable dollars in 2015, at 8 percent of the total.
  6. Gifts made directly to individuals amounted to 2 percent of total charitable dollars in 2015.
  7. Giving by bequest increased 27.8 percent in current dollars between 2013 and 2014. This increase precedes an increase of 2.1 percent between 2014 and 2015. The cumulative change in current-dollar giving by bequest between 2013 and 2015 is 30.4 percent.
Did you know these fun facts? Or were you surprised and pleased to gain new insights into charitable giving? Either way, don’t stop there! Be sure to see the full report here.
7 things you may not have known about charitable giving