July 2016: U.S. Giving Saw More Increases in 2015
This quarter, CDW's Learning Lab is sharing the release of Giving USA 2016. This seminal publication reports  on the sources and uses of charitable  giving  in the United States. Data is presented on the recent trends in giving, the sources of funding available to nonprofits, and the areas of interest that have seen increases in funding over the past year.
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GivingUSA Giving USA 2016: New data shows record-setting giving in recent years

In 2015, charitable donations hit a record high for the second year in a row, at an estimated $373.25 billion. T otal giving grew 4.1% in current dollars over 2014. Charitable contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and bequests went up in 2015. Giving from individuals once again led the way in terms of total dollar amount, at $264.58 billion. Giving to foundations was the only category in 2015 where donations decreased by 3.8% in current dollars; however, giving from foundations, $58.46 billion, was 6.5% higher than 2014.  Researchers attributed sustained growth in total giving over the last two years to a couple of factors: a continuing path to recovery in the country's overall economic environment after recessionary times, and stabilizing levels for household finances.

For over 60 years, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy in America, has provided comprehensive charitable giving data that are relied on by donors, fundraisers and nonprofit leaders. The research in this annual report estimates all giving to all charitable organizations across the United States. Giving USA is a public outreach initiative of Giving USA Foundation™ and is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Giving USA Foundation, established in 1985 by The Giving Institute, endeavors to advance philanthropy through research and education.

Visit CDW's Learning Lab to view a Summary of Highlights, the Annual Report, and Slides/Charts from the report.
HowtoIncreaseGivingHow to Increase Giving
According to new data, the climate for giving is currently ripe for charitable organizations. For nonprofits who want to increase giving in their communities or create a giving plan, CDW's Learning Lab has resources to get you started:

From author, Tracy Gary, this resource is available for checkout  though the CDW eLibrary. This step-by-step guide explains how anyone can align and integrate values, passions, and dreams for their communities and families into their plans. This is a useful source for nonprofits looking to create  giving and legacy plans.

T his go-to resource for nonprofits by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is available in CDW's Learning Lab, and discusses how giving goes beyond just simply writing a check. Regardless of age or income, everyone can engage in acts of giving using a variety of sources including technology, collaboration, and social entrepreneurship among others . Reserve this reference book   today in the Learning Lab.

For these and other resources on Giving, visit the CDW Learning Lab and the CDW eLibrary.

CDW's Learning Lab  is your local civic engagement resource center  in Central Louisiana where nonprofits, community groups, civic clubs, neighborhood associations, faith-based groups and concerned citizens can research successful program models and community statistics, identify funding and volunteer opportunities, and stay current on the latest best practice and nonprofit news. 

By offering these tools to community members who want to make a difference and motivate others to do the same, CDW's Learning Lab is the Community Builder's WorkSpace.

Visit CDW's Learning Lab which is located on the first floor of The Rapides Foundation Building in Downtown Alexandria.