July 2017: The Impact of GIVING
This quarter, CDW's Learning Lab is raising awareness on giving. There are many resources available through the CDW Learning Lab covering how-to guides on giving, engaging people in giving, trends in giving, and more. 
In this issue:
Available in the CDW Learning Lab

Individual Giving Drives Giving Increase

Giving USA is an essential resource in tracking charitable giving in the United States. The report identifies trends, provides data, and illustrates how individuals, corporations and foundations engage to make communities better.
Individual giving rose $10.53 billion to an all time high. All nine major philanthropy subsectors realized giving increases for only the sixth time in the last four decades. Over $390 billion was contributed to U.S. charities in 2016, according to the recently released Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016.
Visit CDW's Learning Lab to access the 2017 release of the Giving USA Annual Report for free. The report package includes:
  • Highlights: An Overview of Giving in 2016
  • Annual Survey of State Laws Regulating Charitable Solicitations
  • Giving USA 2017 PowerPoint
  • Giving USA 2017 Graph Pack
  • Giving USA Data Tables for Charts in The Numbers
Giving USA data and statistics are a useful planning tool for your nonprofit and can be used for grant proposals, board development, strategic programming, donor relations, and fund development.

2016 Giving by the Numbers
See who gave and who received in 2016. Giving USA's infographic shows major giving trends and donor priorities. Feel free to share with your board members and colleagues.

IncreaseGivingIncrease Giving to Your Cause

When community members commit to financially support a cause, the result is an enhanced capacity for charitable groups to bring about change. Nonprofits can seek to help citizens, young and old, to better understand their role in giving and its importance in the ability of nonprofits to continue to provide necessary services within communities. CDW's Learning Lab and eLibrary offer a wide range of best practice resources and toolkits on how to get started or to enhance current efforts. These are just a couple of options that are available.

Planned Giving: 
A Board Member's Perspective
by Grant Thornton

Offers an overview on building a planned giving campaign for nonprofit boards wanting to add this to their fund development plan.
Available in the CDW
Winning by Giving
by Nancy Allen

Small acts of kindness add up to big results. Good citizens help each other. Learn how you can win by giving in this social skills title. 

Available in the CDW

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Apply for your Library eCard using the link below. You should receive your card within two business days. The card cannot be used to checkout reference materials in the CDW Learning Lab.

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.