Did you ever wonder what role Philanthropy plays in the whole scheme of things across the country?  We hear about the mega gifts from the Gates Foundation to end polio, or Warren Buffett’s bracket challenge, or how Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan were the top philanthropists in 2013, having made a gift valued at $970 million to a Silicon Valley charity…because this magnitude of giving makes the headline news.  But, important to know, and even surprising to discover, is how much is really donated to charities annually, where those donations go, and who made the gifts.

2013 By recipient Org

2013 Contributions by Source

Giving USA is published, researched, and written by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.  It is the annual report on philanthropy for giving across the country.  Giving USA 2014 has just been published, and we are pleased to share with you some of the highlights from the report.  As noted above, some of this information may be surprising to you…we indeed have an incredibly philanthropic country!  If you would like to see more data related to this report, please contact me at ext. 398 at the Plymouth Harbor Foundation office.


Total 2013 contributions to charitable organizations: 


2013 Increase in Total Giving over 2012:  4.4%

2013 Increase in Individual Giving over 2012:  4.2%

2013 Increase in Bequest Giving over 2012:  8.7%

Giving by Foundations increased by 5.7%

Giving by Corporations decreased by 1.9%