In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, most American donors maintained their charitable giving, while corporations responded with increased giving and multiyear pledges, a report from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy finds.
Funded by Salesforce.org and based on surveys, data from multiple sources, and interviews, the report, Understanding Philanthropy in Times of Crisis: The Role of Giving Back During COVID-19 (43 pages, PDF), found that the share of individuals reporting that they gave to charitable organizations, individuals, or businesses increased between 4 percentage points and 6 percentage points between May and September 2020. Individual donors were most likely to support human services and health organizations in response to the pandemic, with 81 percent of respondents in May and 87 percent in September indicating they maintained or increased their giving in that area.
Data from Charity Navigator showed that end-of-year giving made up a larger portion of individual giving than in the previous two years, with 64 percent of annual giving occurring in December 2020, compared with 58 percent and 56 percent in 2018 and 2019. And according to the report, the experiences of Global Impact and the CDC Foundation suggest that innovation and digital adaptation were vital to meeting new demands during COVID-19.
With regard to corporate giving, the study found that 35 percent of corporate giving went to health causes in 2020, compared with only 12 percent of donations from non-corporate donors. According to data from Candid, $6.2 billion in corporate giving in 2020 was related to COVID-19 relief, while Giving USA 2021‘s conservative estimate for COVID-19 relief provided by U.S. corporations and corporate foundations to U.S.-based nonprofits was $1.1 billion, excluding pledges. The report’s authors note that the gap between pledges and giving amounts can be attributed to two factors: the way in which some grants were announced but not released, and the complex form of some corporate giving programs.
The report also found that nearly 58 percent of COVID-19 relief dollars donated by U.S. corporations to U.S.-based nonprofits came from the financial and insurance industry. Among the top five issue areas that received the most corporate philanthropic support, health, human services, and public society benefit each received 57 percent, 58 percent, and 69 percent of the charitable contributions from finance and insurance companies.
“As we enter the year-end giving season and Giving Tuesday, it’s important for individual donors, corporations, and nonprofits to understand the ways in which the pandemic and its associated effects have profoundly impacted multiple aspects of philanthropic giving,” said Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “Although the pandemic’s long-term effects are still unfolding, this study’s findings on shifts in giving patterns and the innovations developed to facilitate giving in this new environment will help donors and nonprofits as they adapt and plan for year-end 2021 and beyond.”
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Nearly six in ten Americans prefer a donation in their name to a gift | Philanthropy news
Nearly six in ten (59 percent) Americans say they would rather have a donation made on their behalf to their favorite charity than receive a gift for themselves this year, a report from Fidelity Charitable finds.
Based on a survey of more than fifteen hundred American adults, the report, Year-end charitable giving: A 2021 snapshot of how Americans plan to give (8 pages, PDF), found that 64 percent of respondents said they participate in year-end charitable activities, including giving money (53 percent) or donating goods (46 percent) to charities, donating cash or goods directly to families in need (27 percent), performing random acts of kindness (25 percent), and volunteering (20 percent).
Among respondents who have a minimum of $25,000 in investable assets and donated at least $1,000 to charity in 2020, 35 percent said they plan to give “notably more” in 2021, 57 percent planned to give “about the same,” and 8 percent planned to give “notably less.” Within this group, 87 percent of respondents reported using cash, checks, or credit cards to give, while fewer said they were aware of other giving options and even fewer had ever used options such as donating appreciated assets, including publicly traded securities (55 percent aware, 18 percent used) and privately held or restricted stock (54 percent, 17 percent), making a qualified charitable distribution from an IRA (54 percent, 18 percent), or giving through donor-advised funds (41 percent, 17 percent).
The survey also found that 63 percent of respondents who give said they would “definitely” (31 percent) or “probably” (32 percent) take advantage of a temporary federal law allowing tax deductions for some cash donations even if the taxpayer doesn’t itemize their taxes.
“At such a busy time, it’s easy to put off year-end charitable decisions, but there are advantages to acting early,” said Fidelity Charitable COO Kristen Robinson. “You can maximize your ability to support your favorite causes and your 2021 tax benefits using smart giving strategies. And while we encourage people not to run down the clock for practical reasons, we think it will be particularly meaningful to integrate charitable activity into holiday traditions this year after another challenging year that has reinforced the importance of supporting our communities and each other.”
Top tips to make your Christmas fundraising campaigns shine!
‘Tis the season of giving and whether it’s snuck up on you this year, or if you’re well underway with your seasonal fundraising, we’re here to help make your appeal a successful one.
As an early Christmas present from us, we wanted to share some examples of interesting Campaigns on JustGiving and simple ideas to maximise your online fundraising this season. We hope these will give you some extra insight and inspiration to help get your campaign noticed and get you ready to hear the jingle of those all-important donations.
1. Choose simple but effective
Pecan on behalf of Southwark Foodbank made the most of their Campaign Page to encourage both direct donors’ and fundraisers’ support. Sharing stats and insights in both the video embedded on their page and their campaign story, they demonstrate the value of supporters’ donations.
Their big, bold ‘What your donation can do’ image is front and centre of their page, and they follow this with an infographic of great examples of how to fundraise and involve others too.
2. Re-think the Advent Calendar
Reverse advent calendars are growing in popularity and we’re seeing even more charities think outside the [chocolate] box this year. Whilst most reverse advent calendars see supporters set aside money every day of Advent and donate at Christmas, Friends and Families of Special Children did things a little differently last year and encouraged fundraisers to take up activities each day of the month instead.
The example activities would work for all ages and are perfect to get the whole family involved!
3. Remove steps for donors
Campaign: Cross Reach Stand with us this Christmas
Grant your donors their Christmas wish and give them a quick donation journey this year! Add a QR code to your collection bucket at your in-person event, to your printed marketing materials, or add a button to your seasonal newsletter using Giving Checkout.
Create your unique Giving Checkout link, customised QR code and chosen button in your JustGiving account and take donors straight into your tailored donation journey for your festive appeal, and with 0% fees. Cross Reach have already created theirs for their Stand with us this Christmas Appeal.
4. Unite virtually
Campaign: Blue Cross Step into Christmas 25k 2020
Blue Cross, the animal charity encouraged pet lovers to unite together virtually to either walk, jog or run 25km throughout the month of December.
They incentivised their fundraisers by offering a medal to mark their successful completion of the challenge, and an optional extra dog tag medal for any furry friends who took part too!
Challenges like this work perfectly with the JustGiving Strava integration, allowing fundraisers to track their distance covered throughout the month and share updates with their supporters.
5. Bring heart
Campaign: Cosmic Christmas Cracker Appeal
At this time of year social media is saturated and potential supporters are presented with numerous causes to donate to. Adding a personal story and photographs will bring your appeal to life and could resonate with a donor who would have otherwise carried on scrolling.
Adding descriptions of what specific donation amounts could do for your cause adds an even stronger incentive for donors and could encourage a higher donation amount too.
Practical tips for running a successful online appeal at Christmas
If you’d like even more ideas and tips for your seasonal campaign this year, you can re-watch our Christmas 2021: How to run a successful Christmas appeal webinar and hear from Pecan and Blue Cross directly too.
Helmsley Charitable Trust awards $5.2 million for diabetes self-care | Philanthropy news
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced a three-year, $5.2 million grant to PATH to increase access to the safe administration of insulin and high-quality self-care for people living with diabetes.
According to the Helmsley Trust, more than 464 million people around the world have diabetes, and the majority of them live in low- and middle-income countries. More than half of people living with diabetes struggle to access the insulin and other medications they need, and an unrecognized segment of this population cannot access the commodities needed to measure their blood glucose or safely administer insulin.
The grant will support expansion of the Diabetes CarePak project, which provides products and consumables along with insulin and oral diabetes medication to people living with diabetes. Already underway in Kenya, the project will expand to Tanzania, Mozambique, and Mali and co-create educational content for people living with diabetes to facilitate their own self-care, as well as associated healthcare worker capacity building strategies and materials. The project will be conducted in partnership with people living with diabetes, healthcare providers, the ministries of health in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Mali, and other key health system stakeholders such as the Coalition for Access to NCD Medicines and Products and Life for a Child.
“As we work to create a sustainable, global movement that supports people living with type 1 diabetes to thrive, regardless of location, PATH is an ideal partner,” said Helmsley Trust Type 1 Diabetes program officer Estefania Palomino. “It is unacceptable that insulin and other lifesaving products necessary to maintain safe levels of blood glucose are unaffordable or inconsistently available in many countries. The innovative Diabetes CarePak project has the potential to drastically reduce or eliminate this disparity for many individuals in need.”
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