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Charitable Giving Was Up. Again!

An All-Time High Of $390.05 Billion! 

Americans continue to support charities more generously than in previous years despite concerns that some had voiced about a possible decline in giving. While the rate of increase is modest, the total still reached an all-time high of $390.05 billion. According to Giving USA 2017, giving to nonprofits is up in every category.

The important takeaway for most of us is that giving by individuals, their bequests and family foundations amounted to an estimated 87 percent of the total giving last year.

The traditional “pie charts” of giving are shown to the right and by clicking here, you can download them and the extensive 18-page Giving USA Press Kit with its supporting material that will make you an instant expert.

Take a couple of minutes to read this article on Eight Steps to Launching a Planned-giving Program published by Fundraising Advisor Magazine.

Nonprofit Consulting PlaybookSandy is one of the 25 expert authors who contributed to this essential book for nonprofit consultants.

“The beauty of this book lies in the honesty of its 25 contributors. They write openly about the decisions that guided their business models, their early mistakes, and their lessons learned. Even those in this business for decades have commented that their copies of The Playbook are strewn with highlights and bookmarks.” Click here to learn more.

Helpful Thoughts

  • Always put a volunteer between yourself and a problem.

  • Possessing facts does not make us better,
    just different. 

  • Knowledge is a right NOT a privilege.

  • If something is worth doing, it is worth doing
    with local support and initiative.

  • Share the essence of your message
    with everyone everyday. 

  • Ours is not a speaking part.

  • He who deliberates fully before taking
    a step with spend his entire life on one leg.

We have found the following helpful thoughts to have special meaning in our lives.

Capital Gift Campaign Simulator

Think you’re ready to launch your Capital Gift Campaign? Take a tour through our simulator and see just how prepared you are. Guaranteed to make you think! Click here to start now.