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3 Reasons To Download The 2017 Charitable Giving Report

As a member of the Blackbaud Community, you’re probably familiar with the Blackbaud Institute’s annual Charitable Giving Report, which offers the premier look at giving for the previous year. This is our 6th edition of the report, and there’s no shortage of valuable information, including overall, online, and mobile trends, key statistics on donors, and more!

But if you’re not convinced, here are 3 (more) reasons why you should download the Charitable Giving Report:

1. Make sense of 2017

2017 was a tumultuous year. From natural disasters to deep political rifts, more and more people started to get involved directly with the causes that matter to them. Many organizations have seen a huge influx of new donors, particularly when their causes are in the political spotlight. The Charitable Giving Report offers the first look into how these events shaped a positive change in giving and provides hope for the long-term health of the sector.  

2. Dive into information the way you want to 


Reading a report can seem like a daunting task, so this year we’re giving you alternative ways to absorb the information and making it easier to share the report on social media (#CGR17) or with your team members.

After downloading the report, you’ll be taken to a confirmation page with these additional download opportunities. 

3. Build a strategy and benchmark your organization


The Charitable Giving Report offers context and information that can hopefully help advise and advance your fundraising strategies in 2018. You can also benchmark your organization by utilizing the Blackbaud Index, the source of data for the report, which has the most up-to-date information on charitable giving.
You can download the report here. I’d love to hear what you think about it and what trends are shaping your fundraising strategy this year!

If you’d like to stay updated with everything the Blackbaud Institute is putting out this year, you can sign up for our quarterly newsletter, The Source

Posted by Ali Martinez on Feb 22, 2018 3:11 PM America/New_York

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We download every Report - I use it to show our board our benchmarks. I consider this a HUGE benefit from my BB payments.  :)
  • Posted Tue 03 Apr 2018 10:27 AM EDT
Jennifer - That's so great to hear! Thanks for sharing. :) 
  • Posted Wed 04 Apr 2018 10:00 AM EDT
This is great
  • Posted Tue 10 Apr 2018 12:17 PM EDT
Love reviewing this report every year!
  • Posted Mon 16 Apr 2018 06:29 PM EDT
Thnk you for sharing!
  • Posted Tue 17 Apr 2018 11:08 AM EDT
This is such a great resource. Thanks for making this available to us. :-)
  • Posted Tue 17 Apr 2018 11:09 AM EDT
Great insight & Takeaways:
Overall giving in US increased 4.1%, Retention at 31%, and Online Giving continues to grow as a % of total giving.
  • Posted Tue 17 Apr 2018 12:17 PM EDT
We discussed this in one of my Raiser's Edge trainings and it is a great resource!!
  • Posted Tue 17 Apr 2018 01:54 PM EDT
This is such a helpful resource!
  • Posted Wed 18 Apr 2018 01:57 PM EDT
Wow!  I'm so excited about the information in this report!  I'll be showing my manager this!
  • Posted Tue 24 Apr 2018 12:14 PM EDT
This is great! You can never have too much data!
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:09 PM EDT
What an informational report! Definitely felt some similarites between our donor pool and the trends on the report.
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:36 PM EDT
Great stuff - thanks!
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 01:33 PM EDT
Comparative data is always helpful to see what's working, where you are, where you want to be, and to help set goals for the next year!
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 03:15 PM EDT
This was an excellent download.  I shared it with our entire development team.  It generated discussion about how prepared we are to meet our donors where they want to find us - more digital, more targeted.
  • Posted Tue 15 May 2018 01:59 PM EDT
Great Report!
  • Posted Tue 22 May 2018 04:18 PM EDT
Oh yeah! I shared this with the rest of our team right away. We all walked away having learned new things and actively thinking about how we can apply the data to our strategy.
  • Posted Tue 29 May 2018 01:29 PM EDT
These reports are great - thank you for putting these together!
  • Posted Mon 04 Jun 2018 10:29 AM EDT
I'm new to receiving this Charitable Giving Report - but definitely some great information, so these suggestions of areas to look our for was very helpful, thanks for sharing!
  • Posted Tue 05 Jun 2018 12:15 PM EDT
Download and now on my desktop for quick access.
  • Posted Thu 07 Jun 2018 07:08 PM EDT
I will have to share this with our development office. 
  • Posted Mon 11 Jun 2018 03:18 PM EDT
Just downloaded, thanks. I love that Blackbaud offers this kind of info.
  • Posted Tue 12 Jun 2018 12:48 PM EDT
Thanks for sharing!
  • Posted Tue 12 Jun 2018 01:06 PM EDT
This is very helpful!
  • Posted Thu 14 Jun 2018 01:40 PM EDT
Does anyone have ideas on effective ways to take organizational action from this report? I understand benchmarking, but as someone new to the nonprofit world I would love to be a better contributor and bring ideas of what these trends mean to us.
  • Posted Fri 22 Jun 2018 09:30 AM EDT
Thank you for sharing! :)
  • Posted Fri 29 Jun 2018 12:32 PM EDT
Yes, done!
  • Posted Fri 03 Aug 2018 02:44 PM EDT
This is great! I know I'm late to the game but helpful. 
  • Posted Fri 10 Aug 2018 01:20 PM EDT