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- Giving by individuals (which includes bequests and family foundations) is critically important as it represents nearly 9 out of every 10 dollars donated.
- Revised Giving USA data shows that total giving has grown in current dollars in every year since 1971 except for 1987, 2008 and 2009. The average rate of change in total giving in current dollars since 1971 is 6.8%. However, when adjusting for inflation, total giving has declined 9 times since 1971 (typically on our close to recessionary years).
- Total giving in 2011 was $298.42 billion which is up 4% over 2010. But this is 11% below 2007, before the charitable sector felt the effects of the recession.
All data property of Giving USA 2012, the Annual Report on Philanthropy.