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7 things you may not have known about charitable giving

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.

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DonorSearch crosses the 100 million mark

Here at DonorSearch, we’ve hit 100 million records! Yes, that’s right. Not 1 million, not 10 million, but 100 million records in our charitable giving database. We are incredibly excited to have reached this milestone. But what’s great for us is also great for you — because this gargantuan amount of records means that our philanthropic databases are chock full of information that your nonprofit can use. Want to know more as we celebrate this achievement? Below are the key insights that we’ve gathered from our charitable giving database. To start out, check out our highest categories for annual reports:
  • Higher Education: 21,989 annual reports
  • Arts, Culture, and Humanities: 13,569 annual reports
  • Human Services: 10,630 annual reports
  • Education: 9,475 annual reports
  • Health Care: 8,612 Annual reports
  • Philanthropy Voluntarism and Grantmaking: 5,753 annual reports
  • Environment: 4,256 annual reports
Maxing out with over 20,000 annual reports in higher education alone, you can see how thrilled we are to have not only a huge amount of annual reports, but reports that represent diverse interests in the nonprofit sector. Want to see what major foundations have given the most? Check out our list below:
  • Pfizer Patient Assistance Foundation: 500 gifts = $1,281,344,539
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation: 500 gifts = $192,757,205
  • Genetech Access to Care Foundation: 500 gifts = $143,418,613
  • Merck Patient Assistance Program, Inc: $1,176,658,463
  • GlaxoSmithKline Patient Access Programs Foundation: $730,272,874

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DonorSearch Introduces New Website

DonorSearch has experienced a lot of exciting changes so far in December. Earlier this month, we changed our logo to better reflect our philosophy - combining philanthropy and wealth to produce better data analytics. Now, DonorSearch is happy to release a new, interactive website aimed at providing valuable information about prospect research to nonprofits.