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Latest 2018 Data from Giving USA Is Good News! (For Now)

Giving USA is the most widely anticipated and recognized report on the “state of our sector.” It’s the State of the Union for philanthropy, if you will.

And the latest data from Giving USA is good news! For now …

Below is a summary of what’s in this video—not an exact transcript. But you’ll get the gist whether you decide to read, listen, or watch.


Perspectives on Giving USA 2018

Americans achieved a philanthropic landmark in 2017: for the first time total charitable giving surpassed $400 billion in a single year. A booming stock market and a generally strong economy combined to increase Americans’ financial resources and their confidence in sharing those additional resources through their philanthropy. 


From Heroin Tragedy to Charity

My best friend, Madison, died of a heroin overdose more than three years ago. If you are interested in learning more about his story, the Washington Post ran an article about him (and the rising heroin epidemic in Northern Virginia) shortly after his death.


Giving USA 2017 Shows Americans Continued to Be Generous in Tumultuous 2016 Year

In many ways, 2016 was an unusual year. Yet although economic and political uncertainty pervaded much of the year, Americans continued to be generous, giving a record $390.05 billion to U.S. charitable organizations, an increase of 2.7 percent over 2015.


Goodbye Millennials, Hello Generation Z

Dear nonprofit leaders—I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is you’ve finally mastered the art of Millennial engagement. You’ve read the blog posts, spent night and day to decipher the inner chambers of the Millennial mind, and you’ve mastered it. Job well done.

The bad news is: Generation Z is coming a-knocking.


Trying to engage donors? Behave yourself!


Think about the last time
you gave to a charitable organization. Would you have given more if you’d been approached in person by someone who happened to share your first name? Would you have given less if you had more factual information about the cause at hand? Would you have avoided that fundraiser altogether if there’d been a side door to duck into? And, at the end of the day, would you wildly overestimate your own generosity?


Charitable Giving Incentives Now Permanent

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 into law. The act makes permanent three charitable giving incentives that had been enacted and expired several times during the last decade:


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Forward-Thinking vs. Backward Philanthropy

Philanthropy comes from the Greek term meaning “love of humanity,” but when you take a realistic look at the way we view charity today, much of it stems from Puritan ideas about penance and making up for wrongdoing or selfishness in other aspects of one’s life. A more forward-thinking philanthropist, instead would take a practical look at how they can integrate philanthropy into all aspects of their life, and achieve the greatest good overall, not just enough that they break even. Today, I’m going to take some time to explore what forward thinking philanthropists are doing, compared against old-school styles of philanthropy.


How to Give with Your Head & Heart in 4 Easy Steps

Last week while I was on my way to grab lunch here in Washington, D.C, a nice gentleman in a blue polo approached me. He identified himself with Charity X and started to methodically solicit a donation from me for his organization. “Without your support, our [beneficiaries] won’t be able to [benefit.] Won’t you help?”


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