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The percent of U.S. households that donated to support arts, environment and international charities held steady between 2000 and 2016 as other types of causes experienced significant declines, new GenerosityForLife research by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI finds. The report provides key insights for donors, fundraisers and nonprofits about 21st century philanthropy. Funded by a grant from The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, it is part of the school’s interactive website, which offers research and resources on charitable giving and a multifaceted look at families’ generosity over time.

A two-day symposium, Philanthropy Plugged In: Creating community in the digital age, organized by the Women's Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, will examine the intersection of gender, technology and giving to better understand this evolving landscape. The event will be held March 31 – April 1, 2020, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

Robert T. Grimm, Jr., is the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree. The Levenson Family Chair in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Grimm is the founder and director of the university’s award-winning Do Good Institute and Maryland’s Do Good Campus.

Changes to the Giving Landscape finds that the average amount given by donor households remained relatively constant over time, despite the Great Recession. However, the recession fueled a 13 percentage point decrease in the share of U.S. households who gave to charity between 2000 and 2016. This decline in the overall share of households who gave represents 20 million fewer donor households. The report also is among the first to examine in depth the percent of income households across a wide variety of demographic characteristics gave over time.

What will the future of giving in the African American community look like? Where are African American philanthropists giving their resources, and why are they donating to specific causes? Six outstanding leaders from across the U.S. who are working in various ways to reshape black philanthropy will discuss these and other questions during a public conversation in Indianapolis Oct. 17. “Reshaping Black Philanthropy: Inspiring the Next Generation Philanthropists” is presented by the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy.

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute today released the Women & Girls Index: Measuring Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes, which, for the first time, quantifies the number of charities in the United States dedicated to women and girls and the amount of charitable giving they receive. The research report finds these organizations received a collective total of $6.3 billion in charitable contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations in 2016 — 1.6% of all donations made that year.

More U.S. congregations saw increases in participation and giving than experienced declines, a new study from Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI finds. Although fewer Americans are claiming a religious affiliation and the percentage of individuals who are members of a congregation is declining, these findings only tell part of the story. The National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices focuses on congregations rather than individuals and reveals that while some congregations are declining in size and revenue, many continue to grow. The (NSCEP) is the largest and most comprehensive, nationally representative study of U.S. congregations’ finances in more than a generation. It reveals a detailed picture of the nation’s more than 300,000 congregations and provides new insight into how congregations receive, manage and spend money. The study was made possible by a $1.67 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

The Asia-Pacific Edition of the Global Philanthropy Environment Index (GPEI) is being released today by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, beginning with a special event in New Delhi, India, in association with Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy. This is the GPEI’s first regional report on the Asia-Pacific area.