Giving USA’s 2019 report did not look disastrous on its surface, though it did show a downturn in giving in 2018. In fact, twice as many categories of nonprofits saw fundraising losses last year as saw gains. There are a number of findings here and in other research that should indicate trouble afoot for many nonprofits as far as individual donations are concerned, yet there are actions that both nonprofits and philanthropy can take to reverse problematic trends.
Our guest, Dr. Patrick Rooney, is Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. He helps us all understand how 2018’s giving trends really played out in practice, which fields saw more giving and which saw less, whether certain kinds of giving increased or decreased, and what all of this might mean for fundraisers in the trenches.