Many researchers have summarized changes in corporate philanthropy during the past decade. The School of Philanthropy interviewed key corporate giving program staff at 10 leading donor companies in the United States in fall 2006, asking questions focused on how these companies are currently conducting their philanthropic programs and what the program managers thought might be emerging as potential trends. Among the interviewed companies, in the areas where the firm has selected a particular philanthropic goal, they are seeking to engage nonprofits at partners, not mere recipients. The nonprofit brings expertise, opportunities, and ideas as its part of the partnership. These companies are also extending philanthropic decision-making fairly deep and wide in their organizations, trying to engage staff at nearly all levels in some aspect of the company's philanthropic initiatives. They want their nonprofit partners to help in that effort to engage more employees. These firms also want measurements of the impact of their giving, yet some are still struggling with how to implement metrics that work for the nonprofiit and for the corporate goals.
A study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds that total charitable contributions estimated from all types of donors in the Kansas City area was $2.15 billion in 2007. Households and individual donors in the Kansas City area gave an estimated $1.49 billion to charities in 2007. Kansas City-area donors also gave more to charity on average ($3,375) than donors nationally ($2,247). Kansas City's independent, operating, and community foundations gave an estimated $393 million in grants in 2006. Nearly one third of grant dollars went to educational organizations (30 percent compared to 23 percent nationally). Corporate giving in Kansas City is an estimated $150.3 million, based on a survey of Kansas City charities that includes $19.2 million in grantmaking from corporate foundations. The study was funded by several local funders in the Greater Kansas City area.
The Center on Philanthropy Panel Study (COPPS) follows the same families' philanthropic behaviors throughout their lives. The study provides nonprofit sector professionals, fundraisers, policymakers and public officials a unique perspective of families' giving and volunteering behaviors over time.
This article develops a new methodology for a more comprehensive and useful analysis of the costs and benefits of fundraising, as well as the total costs and net benefits associated with development efforts in general. This approach does a better job of linking the timing of return of fundraising efforts and measuring the actual return on investments in fundraising (as opposed to the reported return) than the widely used guidelines from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (CASE/NACUBO) (1990).
this study examines the impact of the economic environment on a sample of U.S. congregations. This study was conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropyi and Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, in partnership with the Alban Institute, the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA), Indianapolis Center for Congregations, and MAXIMUM Generosity.
As women create and control a growing share of wealth in the country, their power and influence in philanthropy is becoming more evident. For non-profit organizations, findings from this research offer key insights into the philanthropy of high net worth women donors, the understanding of which is essential when developing engagement strategies and tailoring appeals for women philanthropists.
Million dollar gifts account for a significant share of charitable dollars contributed. Stakeholders are focusing an increasing amount of attention on the potential for large gifts to solve problems and address urgent needs in society. Initial research into the Million Dollar List has produced a number of noteworthy findings. Visit www.milliondollarlist.org to explore the entire Million Dollar List.