Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the seminal
publication reporting on the sources and uses of charitable giving in
the United States. For 57 years, fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, donors
and volunteers, scholars, and other individuals who work in or with the
charitable sector have counted on Giving USA to provide the
most comprehensive charitable giving data available.
This includes incorporating the most up-to-date data and methodological
approaches available within the estimating procedures it uses year after
Its research, conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School
of Philanthropy since 2000, estimates all giving to all charitable organizations
across the United States. These national estimates do not show the changes
any one organization or geographical region might observe—they
calculate total giving by about 117 million households across America,
approximately 12.4 million corporations that claim charitable deductions,
an estimated 99,000 estates, and about 76,000 foundations. The donations
go to about 1.1 million IRS-registered charities, plus a conservative
estimate of 222,000 American religious organizations.
A new report provides a look at giving in 2012:
Donations are inching up slowly. It will take six more years to raise
as much as was received in 2007.
Donations rose 1.5% in 2012.
Donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals totaled
slightly more than $316 billion.
Donations by living individuals, three-quarters of all giving, rose
by just 1.9%.
That is 11% less than living donors provided in