Philanthropy News

Giving USA: Americans Gave $335.17 Billion to Charity in 2013; Total Approaches Pre-Recession Peak

Date: 06/17/2014

Released by The Giving Institute and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
June 17, 2014

Fourth consecutive year of growth driven by boost in individual giving; gains not equal across the board for all categories of charities

Jordan’s giving to Notre Dame is unprecedented: $75 million is largest single gift; bringing total to $150 million

Date: 05/02/2014

A $75 million gift from University of Notre Dame alumnus and Trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan is the largest in the University’s history and makes him its most generous benefactor, with a giving total of $150 million.

$25-Million Gifts Benefit Iowa State and Temple Universities

Date: 11/26/2013

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A $25-million donation from publishers Roy and Bobbi Reiman will set Iowa State University on the road to realizing long-held plans to enclose its open-ended football stadium, reports the Associated Press.

Tom Hunter awarded Carnegia Medal of Philanthropy

Date: 10/18/2013

Published on
October 17, 2013

Scots businessman Tom Hunter has dedicated an international award for his philanthropic work to his late father.

The entrepreneur paid tribute to his “hero and inspiration” as he attended a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament to receive the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.

Harvard Seeks $6.5 Billion as Gifts Over $50 Million Proliferate

Date: 09/24/2013

Published on
Sep 23, 2013
By Michael McDonald & John Lauerman

The number of so-called mega donations to U.S. colleges is rebounding just as Harvard University begins a $6.5 billion capital campaign, the largest in the history of higher education.

Giving USA Releases Report on International Giving

Date: 09/06/2013
Giving USA Spotlight Issue 2, 2013
Since the late 1990s, the international affairs subsector has emerged as a vibrant dimension of the modern philanthropic landscape, attracting a rapidly growing proportion of total U.S. charitable giving.
There are a number of factors that have played into the growth in giving to international affairs by American individuals and households, corporations, and foundations in the last couple of decades.

Giving USA: Charitable Donations Grew in 2012, but Slowly. Like the Economy.

Date: 06/17/2013

In third straight year of gains, contributions reach $316.23 billion from American individuals, corporations and foundation
Released by the Giving USA Foundation™ and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy 

University of Virginia Exceeds $3 Billion Campaign Goal

Date: 05/31/2013

Posted in Philanthropy News Digest
May 25, 2013

The University of Virginia, which in 2006 launched the public phase of the most ambitious capital campaign in its history, has announced that it has exceeded its $3 billion campaign goal.

Penny Hunt Honored with the Prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award

Date: 05/10/2013

Penny Hunt, a Senior Consultant with Marts & Lundy and former Vice Chancellor of Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), will be honored today with the Benjamin Franklin Award at the AFP Chicago 2013 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.

Funds Raised Increased at 58 Percent of US and Canadian Charities in 2012

Date: 04/08/2013

From the Nonprofit Research Collaborative

Survey shows clear connection between thanking, engaging donors and meeting fundraising goals

(San Diego, CA) Nearly six in 10 charities surveyed (58 percent) raised more in 2012 than they did in 2011 from contributions, marking the first time since 2006 that significantly more than half showed such positive results. Last year at this time, 53 percent had raised more.