Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

Charitable Donors Give More When Asked Personally
September 22, 2009

CHICAGO, September 22, 2009 — Donors to charitable organizations give more when they are asked in person and when someone they know makes the request, a new study commissioned by Chicago-based consulting firm Campbell & Company and conducted by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds.

Charitable Giving Climate Continues to Decline, Nonprofits Say
August 10, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, August 3, 2009 — The fundraising climate for U.S. charities continued to decline in the first half of 2009, according to the latest Philanthropic Giving Index (PGI) released today by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

The New Generation of Philanthropists
July 29, 2009

July 27, 2009, U.S. News & World Report For a new generation of philanthropists, giving to charity isn't just about writing checks. Instead, the focus is on volunteering, socializing, and networking -- while also contributing to good causes. "Many Generation X-ers are more interested in social advocacy and engagement philanthropy," says Dwight Burlingame, associate executive director at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. That means they are more likely to want to work directly with organizations instead of just donating money, he explains.

2008 U.S. Charitable Giving Estimated to be $307.65 Billion
June 10, 2009

GLENVIEW, Ill., June 10, 2009 — Charitable giving in the United States exceeded $300 billion for the second year in a row in 2008, according to Giving USA 2009. Donations to charitable causes in the United States reached an estimated $307.65 billion in 2008, a 2 percent drop in current dollars over 2007.

Patrick Rooney Chosen to Lead the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
June 4, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, June 3, 2009 — Patrick M. Rooney, Ph.D., has been selected as the next executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University following a nationwide search, Charles R. Bantz, Chancellor of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), announced today.

Free June 11 Webinar Offers First Look at Giving USA 2009
May 21, 2009

CHICAGO, MAY 21, 2009 — Campbell & Company, a national consulting firm that provides advancement planning, fundraising, marketing communications and talent management to nonprofit organizations, presents a Webinar titled, “First Look: Giving USA 2009, Changing Data Into Action” on June 11, 2009 at noon CDT. Registration for this webinar is free. Attendees can join others from across the country from their desk or conference room.

Special Bulletin: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
May 1, 2009

April 28, 2009, Partnership For Philanthropic Planning — As a public service to the nonprofit sector, the Center on Philanthropy is offering a special bulletin: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Act Appropriation Beneficial to the Nonprofit Sector and Key Resources for Organizations to Approach and Access Funding Sources. Written and researched by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University--and published in conjunction with Giving USA Foundation--the Bulletin provides timely information on how charitable and philanthropic organizations can apply for funding through the Act, also known as the stimulus package. The Bulletin contains hotlinks to numerous sites and resources.

Obama Defends Push to Cut Tax Deductions for Charitable Gifts
March 26, 2009

President Obama defends his proposal to cut the tax deductions that wealthy Americans can claim for their charitable donations by arguing that the shift would not have an adverse effect on giving, but two independent analyses concluded that the proposal could result in a drop of as much as $3.87 billion for the already reeling nonprofit sector.