Research & Reports

Two cheers for Giving USA

While Giving USA’s annual reports fulfill a need for serious study of the charitable sector, fundraising professionals would do best to ignore all the buzz and focus on data that is more relevant to their specific organizations.

What can government do to increase America’s social capital?

The latest report from Congress’ Social Capital Project lays the foundation for strengthening families, communities, and civil society.


A decrease in charity: troubling trends from Giving USA’s latest report

Giving USA’s annual report on philanthropy for the year 2018 presents a complex climate for fundraisers and concerns for lovers of American civil society.

A call for nonprofits: you can now rely on hard data to measure your fundraising performance

Nonprofits can now take a survey to measure their performance and compare their fundraising programs against the highest performing organizations in their sectors.


Charities take digital money now – and the risks that go with it

Harvesting gains from digital money by giving some of it away can be better for donors than the nonprofits they support.

Creeping credentialism and the bureaucratization of charity

Expertly deflating the pretensions of those who would make fundraising a bureaucratic and esoteric profession, this book takes on the creeping trend of professionalization in philanthropy.


Total giving increased slightly in 2018, but only due to larger gifts

Number of donors, retention rates and smaller gifts all decreased.

Why some places thrive while others collapse

Reviewing Timothy P. Carney’s “Alienated America.”


The state of our neighborhood communities is not strong

A recent survey reveals that Americans are expecting too little from their communities and too much from a distant central power.

Study reveals damage done by insidious licensing laws

If fighting poverty is philanthropy’s primary task, then foundations and donors ought to take note of the high economic and moral damage done by insidious occupational licensing laws.




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