Philanthropy Statistics - A Few Numbers to Share



A few interesting philanthropy statistics:

  • 98,428 grantmakers (Foundation Center)
  • 114 new grantmakers in the past month (Foundation Center)
  • 997,579 public charities (National Center for Charitable Statistics)
  • 293,000 nonprofits that could lose their exempt status due to not meeting new IRS filing requirements (National Center for Charitable Statistics)
  • Over 372,000 grants awarded in 2008 by foundations (from Foundation Center data, some analysis mine)
  • Charitable giving dropped 3.9% in 2009 (GivingUSA)
  • Corporate giving rose 5.5% in 2009, fueled in part by in-kind giving (GivingUSA)
  • Total giving in the US was an estimated $303.75 billion (GvingUSA)
  • Of that, individuals are by far the largest single component.  Foundation and corporate giving was $52.54 billion, which is nothing to sneeze at (GivingUSA; sneezing comment mine)
  • Only 3-4% of donors do research on nonprofit performance before they give, yet 85% say they care about an organization's performance (Hope Consulting, referenced on

I'll track changes in these stats periodically.  If there are other philanthropy statistics you want to know about, leave a comment and I'll see what I can find.



Foundation Center

National Center for Charitable Statistics


Hope Consulting

Tactical Philanthropy

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Author: Dahna Goldstein
July 08, 2010, 05:40 PM

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