This article is based primarily on Giving USA 2020: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2019. Please register today while space remains available for our special webinar with Dr. Patrick Rooney, executive associate dean for academic programs at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and Laura MacDonald of Giving USA and the Benefactor Group on June 18, 2020, at 1 pm Eastern time, where they will review this year’s findings in more depth and answer additional questions from participants.
As you look at the figures in this year’s Giving USA report, you can be forgiven if they feel a bit irrelevant. So much in our landscape has changed since January. The United States has been in the midst of two pandemics—one chronic and long in the making, in the guise of active and virulent racism that informs every social structure with which we interact, and the other,