The Alford Group celebrated 40 years of impact with Giving USA events across the country, including in Chicago, Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, WA.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for presentations sharing the recently released Giving USA 2019 Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018. There is a lot to consider in reviewing Giving USA 2019’s report, so let’s dive in and discuss some key takeaways.
Total giving in 2017 reached its highest level ever, surpassing the $400 Billion mark for a total of $410.02 Billion.
Giving has been on the rise for the past few years. This year, giving increased among all four sources (corporations, foundations, bequests and individuals), with corporate giving increasing by the largest amount at 8 percent growth (5.7 percent adjusted for inflation). This growth from corporations is in part due to a $405 million bump in corporate gifts to natural disasters in 2017.
The Alford Group and the Pacific Continental Bank hosted a morning of networking, conversation, breakfast and learning focused around the 2017 release of the Giving USA survey and data.
For 60 years, fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, donors, volunteers, scholars, and other individuals who work in or with the charitable sector have counted on Giving USA to provide the most comprehensive charitable giving data available. No other source provides the context for annual giving like Giving USA.
Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM PDT
Location: Seattle Yacht Club, 1807 E. Hamlin St., Seattle, WA 98112
Thomas W. Mesaros and Karen Rotko-Wynn, both of The Alford Group, presented the Giving USA 2017 report findings and provided an update on the state of philanthropy and charitable giving in the United States in 2016.
On Tuesday, August 16, The Alford Group and Pacific Continental Bank partnered to present the Giving USA data for the eighth consecutive year. Giving USA is the longest running, annual report about US charitable giving and is a result of the collaborative efforts of Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of The Giving Institute, and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Thomas Mesaros, Senior Counsel at The Alford Group, presented the findings for about 85 clients and past clients of The Alford Group and Pacific Continental Bank. This year’s event was held at the Seattle Yacht Club over breakfast.
Photo: Alford Group staff at As Good as It Gives: America’s Philanthropy Today on June 17, 2016 at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.
The Alford Group co-sponsored As Good as It Gives: America’s Philanthropy Today with Mesirow Financial in Chicago to share this year’s Giving USA numbers and discuss what the numbers mean for not-for-profit organizations.
Here are the main takeaways:
Giving is on the rise
The Alford Group’s Executive Vice President Sharon Tiknis and Senior Consultant Diane Knoepke presented to the room and reported that 2015 was America’s most generous year ever, as donors collectively gave over $373 billion. Giving is on a two-year increase, as 2014 was previously charted as the most generous year of giving. Since the Great Recession ended in 2009, giving has increased by 23 percent. Individuals continue to represent the majority of giving in America at 71 percent of total giving in 2015.
For 60 years, fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, donors and volunteers, scholars, and other individuals who work in or with the charitable sector have counted on Giving USA to provide the most comprehensive charitable giving data available. No other source provides the context for annual giving like Giving USA. Giving USA’s long history is the result of its time-tested adherence to using the most rigorous methodologies available for estimating total charitable giving and philanthropy in the U.S. each year. This includes incorporating the most up-to-date data and methodological approaches available within the estimating procedures it uses year after year.
Every year, The Alford Group’s West Division office uses this opportunity to thank our clients, references and contacts with a sit-down breakfast and presentation of giving data that organizations can leverage in their efforts around philanthropy. You should have received your invitation to this annual event already – to request an invitation, please contact Tafara Pulse.
On Tuesday, June 16, Giving USA’s Annual Report on Philanthropy, the longest-running and most comprehensive report on charitable giving in the United States will be released to the public.
Together, The Alford Group, Campbell & Company and The Chicago Community Trust will present the report and a panel discussion, moderated by Phil Ponce, The Alexandra and John Nichols Chief Correspondent and Host of Chicago Tonight. This breakfast event will take place on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 a.m. at the Spertus Institute in Chicago.
Giving USA report presenters:
Brenda Asare, President and CEO, The Alford Group
Peter Fissinger, President and CEO, Campbell & Company
Members of the distinguished panel:
Ellen Alberding, President, The Joyce Foundation
Julie Chavez, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Charles Katzenmeyer, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, The Field Museum
Liz Lefkofsky, Director, Lefkofsky Family Foundation