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Individual Giving Sets a New Record in 2016 Giving USA Study Reports

Americana sets  a new individual giving record in 2016, according to Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy released June 13, 2017.  It has been the fifth time in the history of their research that non-profits have experienced an increase in the amount of donors. With a major leap in individual donors, the amount of donation diverted to religion is also greater.

With 32% of the total donation amount gone to religious establishments, religious charities have become one of the major non-profits in America today. Last year alone donations made to religious institutions came up to almost a hundred and twenty-three billion dollars, which is an increase of 3% since last year. It’s is the highest amount ever in the history of this research, even with the inflation adjustment. It is the sixth consecutive year that the religious philanthropy has seen an increase. However, on a closer look, it isn’t as great as one would assume. In the five-year average growth in this category, it has been the slowest growth year in comparison to all other categories.

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Institutions coming in the religious category are congregations houses of worship, national religious entities, and missionary societies. But the drop in the average growth in the religious donations in these institutions are broadly based on two factors.

Related: Individual Giving On the Rise |  Charitable Giving Statistics 2017

Donor Behaviour

Memberships of churches and synagogues has seen an overall decline. The number of people who used to go to church weekly has also declined in the recent years. There are fewer people in the country who make a donation to their house of worship to strengthen their relationship with it.

Donation Accounting Methodology

Per the report findings, the major concern in general census is that the method of accounting in these religious institutions for religious giving is not as contemporary as it could be. The traditional method of bookkeeping and basic computation power might be making the donation management a bit exhausting task. The methodology for the accounting can be improved.

There are still some variations in the results of the report. For example, if a hospital foundation, even if it has religious affiliation, will still be counted in healthcare.

Giving USA Foundation has been investing resources to improve the approach of religious non-profits in attracting and maintaining its donors. If the current methodology of accounting is improved upon a lot more clear result can be procured.

In religious category total giving is spurred largely by individuals. For the start, the donor-receiver relationship matters more than just the numbers in the value of donations, and thus should be a priority concern.

Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy was released to the public at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Individual Giving On the Rise | Charitable Giving Statistics 2017

Americans gave $390.05 billion setting a record in giving to various non-profits all across America, states Giving USA’s Annual Report on Philanthropy.
All donor types, except the bequest category, increased since last year. The total growth in charitable giving has increased 2.7 %, though many acknowledge it as a moderate growth. Even though there was a drop in mega gifts of more than $200 million, the collective donations by individual donors have gone up 3.9%. The smaller amounts still made it to be the majority of the donations and the individual donors made up to 72% of the donors.
According to the Giving USA Report, American philanthropy has seen its third consecutive year of growth. And with the increasing number of generous donors, there is only a positive growth in years to come.

Related: Individual Giving Sets a New Record in 2016 Giving USA Study Reports

The infographic below, created by The Giving USA, The Giving Institute illustrates the numbers and giving trends by sub sectors.

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About Giving USA.

Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the longest-running and most comprehensive report on charitable giving in the United States. The annual report of 2017 was released on 13th June.

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5 tips to find, motivate and keep Volunteers for Easy Fundraising Events.

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Even with the best of charity, no fundraising event would survive without the involvement of several volunteers and this is also true for smaller non-profit organizations. Whether managing kiosks, welcoming participants, helping with assembly and dismantling, etc., their help is essential.

1 – Recruitment:

Finding the right volunteers can be a very difficult task. As a non-profit organization, it is essential to have interviews, or at least to plan a short meeting with each of the interested parties. Not all the services a volunteer offers must be taken …
First, make sure they understand your values ​​and goals, and then assess if they have the skills to do the tasks you ask.

You cannot be as selective as in an interview for an employee, but be convinced, from the start that you choose the right volunteers for successful fundraising events.

2 – The distribution of tasks:

Once you have found the right volunteers, you must now give them the right tasks. Begin by first learning how to know them, what are their motivations, what do they like in events, why do they want to give time for your event? By answering these questions, you can assign the right volunteer to the right task.

For example, do not entrust the task of monitoring a blocked street to someone who likes contact with the public, place them at the reception desk for they will be more motivated to give you better results.

3 – Information:

It is important to provide clear information to volunteers regarding fundraising events. Since they are not part of the organization during planning, they cannot know all the details. Event managers, in most cases are in direct contact with the participants, so they will be the first to be questioned by the participants.

Also, to make sure that everything goes smoothly, make sure that all volunteers can communicate with you, or a responsible person, at all times. You do not want them to make bad decisions with lack of information.

4 – Instructions:

On the day of the charity event, you must reserve time for a “briefing” with them. Have them arrive in advance and take the time to explain to them what to do. Provide instruction sheets that they can keep with them and refer to, if necessary.

Also ensure that all volunteers know the tasks of other volunteers during the course of fundraising events. In cases where some volunteers do not turn up, you can replace them with another who already know what to do.

5 – Meals, expenses and rewards:

It is absolutely necessary to reserve a budget item for volunteers at fundraising events. Although they do not expect to be paid, they do not expect to have to spend either.

If they have to eat, you have to provide the meal. Make prior agreements with your caterer or find a sponsorship.

Same thing applies for traveling. If they have to use their own cars to travel a long distance, make sure to at least pay for the gasoline.

And finally, think about rewarding them. It’s not mandatory that it’s expensive, only a little something that will prove you appreciate their involvement. For example, if you have promotional items (sweaters, caps, etc.) to the effigy of your event, book in a few for them. You can also offer them a discount at one of your sponsors, a gift card, etc.
Certainly, although it is essential, the management of volunteers is not an easy task. However, by applying these tips, your experience will be more enjoyable and if your event is recurring, you will have less and less difficulty finding, motivating and keeping your volunteers.