Increased Holiday Charitable Giving, Increased Risk?

Nonprofit
// December 6, 2017

Charitable giving traditionally reaches its height during the holiday season. The last few months of the year make up what is commonly called “the giving season” for the nonprofit community.

As the holidays near, people may feel encouraged to give more generously than during the rest of the year. Because of the uptick in charities requesting donations, the holiday spirit bringing out people’s generosity and the pending December 31 deadline for tax-deductible philanthropic gifts, this surge is an annual trend.

In a 2007 study, The Center on Philanthropy (COP) at Indiana University found that their respondents reported giving about 24 percent of their annual total between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. According to a 2012 GuideStar Survey, however, 50.5 percent of the organizations surveyed said they received the majority of their contributions between October and December. It is no wonder that charities have customarily received the bulk of their yearly donations during the last couple months of the year.

Holidays aside, charitable giving has increased on a year-round basis in the past several years, so we could expect yet another record-breaking year for charities. This increase is revealed in the following statistics:

  • Charitable giving has increased over 10 percent (2015)
  • Total giving to charitable organizations was $373.25 billion in 2015 (2.1 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)), which is an increase of 4.1 percent in current dollars and 4 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars from 2014
  • Comparing GDP growth and change in charitable giving over 2010-2015, the average increase in giving to charitable causes (3.6 percent) is greater than the growth of GDP (2 percent)

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  • Bodily injury
  • Misappropriation of funds
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Discrimination
  • Defense costs
  • Cyber threats

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Kristin LoganWritten by Kristin Logan
December 7, 2017

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