Research Round Robin: February 2021

Each month Independent Sector brings you research relevant to the nonprofit sector. February’s research includes reviews of giving in 2020 and trends for the new year.

Blackbaud Institute – Charitable Giving Report

Tracking over $40 billion in U.S.-based charitable giving from the Blackbaud Index, the Charitable Giving Report is one of the most credible resources on fundraising performance in the social good community. In the report, you will get a firsthand look at how charitable giving performed and the best practices you need to boost your organization’s fundraising performance. By remaining aware of the trends shaping philanthropy, you’ll have the insight you need to make informed, strategic decisions for your mission.

Dorothy A. Johnson Center – 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2021

In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in dynamic forces that are disrupting the philanthropic ecosystem. In previous years and in other trends revisited in this report, the Johnson Center described how some of these forces are affecting the sector. While complex systems are continually adapting to change, what has become apparent is that these trends are interacting in ways that were unforeseeable a decade ago.

CASE – Voluntary Support of Education Key Findings, 2019-20

The Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey findings by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) show voluntary support of U.S. higher education institutions totaled $49.50 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020. While support edged slightly down from $49.60 billion in 2019, nearly half – 48.6% – of responding institutions reported that giving increased.

Data Axle – The New Best Practices for Connecting with Today’s Charitable Donors

Data Axle’s latest survey of more than 1,200 donors found that a majority (51%) of respondents have not changed the amount they donate in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, while 28% indicated they now donate more than they did pre-pandemic.

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The research summaries above are by no means an exhaustive list of the newest information out there to help us better understand the nonprofit landscape. Did we miss a report you think we should know about and share? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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