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Charitable Giving Was Up. Again. To $410.02 billion!

The good news is that Americans continued to support charities Giving USA 2018 Presentationmore generously than in previous years. Fueled by a soaring stock market and a strong economy, the total reached an all-time high of $410.02 billion. According to Giving USA 2018, giving to nonprofits rose in every category except international affairs and in-kind gifts to individuals primarily for medications.

The important take-away for most of us is that giving by individuals, their bequests and their family foundations amounted to an overwhelming 86.7 percent of last year’s total giving.

Traditional “pie charts” of giving are shown to the right. By clicking here, you can download them as fully animated PowerPoint “builds” or as a static pdf and can also receive the Giving USA/Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Press Release and the four-page Key Findings section of the larger report 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.

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