Americans donate $290.89 billion to charity in 2010

Today is the day – the day that is anticipated in philanthropy circles across the country and that we are proud to be a part of – Giving USA Foundation’s release of the estimate of how much Americans gave to charity in 2010. May we have a drum roll, please? Along with research partner the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, the Foundation announced today that Americans gave an estimated $290.89 billion in 2010, up from a revised estimate of $280.30 billion for 2009. The 2010 estimate represents growth of 3.8 percent in current dollars and 2.1 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars over 2009. Download the press release here.

So how are Giving Institute member firms marking the occasion? In addition to coverage of this story in media all across the country that quotes experts from the Institute, many firms are holding special events and Webinars, as well as participating in on-line discussions. You are welcome to join in; below is a list of public events and contact information.

Monday, June 20:

Noon -1 p.m. EDT: Immediate Past Giving Institute Chair Nancy Raybin will be participating in an on-line discussion about the Giving USA report and its implications for fundraising in 2011 hosted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Visit http://www.philanthropy.com for information on how to log on. Raybin is head of Raybin Associates in New York.

Noon – 1 p.m. EDT: The NonProfit Coach Internet radio show with host Ted Hart will feature Giving Institute Board member Peter Fissinger and Giving USA Chair Edith Falk discussing this year’s report. Click here for more information. Fissinger and Falk are with Campbell & Company in Chicago.

3 p.m. EDT: Giving Institute Board member and Vice Chair of Giving USA Foundation Jim Yunker hosts the eighth annual Cincinnati briefing on this year’s report; the event will be held at Reakirt Auditorium, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Contact Smith Beers Yunker & Co. at 800/698-6537 or info@sbyco.com if you would like to attend. The event features Melissa Brown and a panel of experts. Smith Beers Yunker & Co. is headquartered in Cincinnati.

4:00-5:30 p.m. OR 6:00-7:30 p.m. CDT: The Alford Group presents a briefing on Giving USA at Metropolitan Family Services, 1 North Dearborn, 10th Floor, Chicago The event is free, but registration is required. Register Here.

Tuesday, June 21:

8:30 – 10 a.m.  EDT : Giving USA Foundation Board Member David King of Alexander Haas in Atlanta will present Giving USA findings and implication, in conjunction with Oglethorpe University and the Atlanta, GA chapter of AFP on the campus of Oglethorpe University.

10 – 11 a.m. Pacific: The Collins Group in Seattle hosts a free Webinar to discuss Giving USA and its implications for fundraising in the Northwest. Presenting will be Aggie Sweeney, CFRE, president and CEO, and Kate Roosevelt, CFRE, executive vice president of The Collins Group. Click here to reserve your Webinar seat.

1 p.m. EDT: Campbell & Company, Chicago, hosts a National Webinar to present findings from Giving USA. Click on the link above for more information and to register.

4 – 6 p.m. EDT: Campbell & Company, in conjunction with the Washington, D.C. chapter of AFP, hosts an event at AARP presented by Jeff Wilklow.

Giving Institute member firm Cramer Fundraising in Dublin, Ohio, in conjunction with Clark Schaefer Hackett, presents two seminars on the Giving USA findings featuring former Giving USA Managing Editor Melissa Brown. The Toledo event is 8:15 – 10:15 a.m. at The Toledo Club and the Dayton event is 3 – 5 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn Beavercreek. Learn more and register at http://www.cshco.com/events.

Wednesday, June 22:

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Pacific: The Alford Group presents a briefing on Giving USA at Rainier Club, 820 4th Avenue, Seattle. The event is free. Click here to register or find out more.

8:15 – 10:15 a.m. EDT: Giving Institute member firm Cramer Fundraising and Clark Schaefer Hackett present Dr. Patrick Rooney, executive director, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, to discuss the Giving USA 2011 report. The event will be held at The Columbus Foundation. Learn more and register at http://www.cshco.com/events

2-3 p.m. EDT: Member firms DonorPerfect and EHL Consulting present a Webinar on the Giving USA report featuring Bob Evans, CFRE from EHL Consulting, and DonorPerfect Vice President Jon Biedermann. To register, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/398040857

Friday, June 24:

11 a.m.: Campbell & Company’s Peter Fissinger presents a briefing on the Giving USA report at the Crown Plaza in Independence, Ohio. Click here for more information and to register: Cleveland Event.

Tuesday, June 28:

Giving Institute member firm EHL Consulting will present a briefing on the Giving USA findings to nonprofit leaders at a breakfast meeting in Salt Lake City sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Salt Lake. Contact EHL Consulting for more information and to register to attend at 215/830-8304.

Wednesday, June 29:

7:30 a.m.: Campbell & Company’s Bill Hausman presents Giving USA findings at a breakfast meeting hosted by AFP Massachusetts: Boston Event.

Giving Institute member firm EHL Consulting will present a briefing on the Giving USA findings to the annual meeting of the Organization of Non-Profits on Staten Island, N.Y. Contact EHL Consulting for more information and to register to attend at 215/830-8304.

Tuesday, July 26:

8:30 – 11 a.m.: Jeffrey Byrne & Associates and Nonprofit Connect sponsor a presentation on the Giving USA findings at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more and register to attend this free event.

Other events: The Curtis Group, Norfolk, Va.: The Curtis Group will be presenting Giving USA information at various events throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland. The presentation will provide development professionals with current information on trends in giving to help them access and enhance their organization’s fundraising performance in today’s unique economy. To learn more about where we will be presenting, or to schedule a presentation, please contact Lauren Fenn, communications and campaign manager, at 757/496-2224 or lauren@curtisgroupconsultants.com.

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