Charitable Giving for U.S. Health Care Rises a Tepid $241 Million in 2008, While Canadian Charitable Giving Plunges 13 Percent, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Reports
Meanwhile, AHP said Canadian contributions declined to $1.068 billion in 2008, compared to $1.337 billion in 2007, when annual giving had risen by an impressive nine percent over 2006 levels.
Individual donors were the largest source of contributions in both the U.S. and Canada, and in both countries, one fifth of all individual donors were patients.
In the U.S., more than eight of every 10 donations came from individuals, whose contributions comprised 60 percent of all philanthropic funds raised by nonprofit health care institutions last year. One in 10 donations were made by businesses, including business-sponsored foundations, representing 17.5 percent of all funds raised, down slightly from 2007. Non-corporate foundations accounted for less than three percent of donors but almost 14 percent of revenues. Other U.S. giving sources, including hospital auxiliaries, public agencies, and civic groups, accounted for 8.6 percent of total funds raised in 2008, compared to 7.5 percent in 2007.
“As economic conditions improve, nonprofit hospitals, hospices, clinics and nursing homes that have steadily maintained their fundraising efforts will be the first to benefit,” said AHP Board Chair J. Gregory Pope, FAHP, CFRE, vice president of philanthropy for the Saint Thomas Health Services Foundation in Nashville, Tenn. “These institutions are mainstays of the American health care delivery system and continue to deserve the support of their communities.”
In Canada, the portion of donations made by individual givers dipped almost 10 percent last year to just under 52 percent of the total. Canadian businesses, including corporate foundations, supplied about one-quarter of the 2008 funding, about the same as the previous year. Canadian foundations, other than corporate, contributed 6.3 percent in 2008, also little changed from the year-earlier level. The Report on Giving noted that, “the biggest change was other types, such as hospital auxiliaries, public agencies, civic groups, whose share rose from 7.0 percent to 16.2 percent.”