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Giving USA:  Total U.S. charitable giving remained strong in 2021, reaching $484.85 billion


Thanks to strong year for the stock market and GDP, 2021 giving nearly kept pace with inflation following 2020’s record year and outpouring of support for unprecedented events


CINCINNATI [June 21, 2022] — Nearly 200 individuals representing philanthropic funders and donors, board leaders, and staff of the region’s nonprofit organizations attended the 19th Annual Giving USA Cincinnati Briefing at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Organized by The Yunker Group, Inc. and Presenting Sponsors, BBB, Clark Schaefer Hackett, Community Shares, Driehaus Insurance Group/Cincinnati Insurance, Fifth Third Foundation, Graydon, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and Three Corners Capital.


Melissa S. Brown, former managing editor of Giving USA and nationally recognized philanthropic researcher and speaker, presented highlights of the data. The presentation was preceded by a raucous networking breakfast, the first such event since 2019.


From Giving USA Foundation . . .


CHICAGO [June 21, 2022] — Giving USA 2022: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2021, released today, reports that individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $484.85 billion to U.S. charities in 2021.


Total charitable giving in 2021 grew 4.0% over the revised total of $466.23 billion contributed in 2020. However, while giving increased in current dollars, it remained flat (-0.7%) after adjusting for inflation. (Please see below for a more detailed breakdown of the numbers for each philanthropic source and sector.)


Giving USA, the longest-running and most comprehensive report on the sources and uses of charitable giving in America, is published by Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of The Giving Institute. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.


How to Obtain Giving USA 2022


Giving USA 2022: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2021 is available for download at www.givingusa.org. Through Giving USA 2022, purchasers receive an annual subscription including:

  • The 2022 Comprehensive Presentation PowerPoint with researchers’ notes
  • Access to the archive of all Giving USA’s previous reports
  • Access to all of Giving USA’s previous Special Reports
  • Free digital copies of upcoming Giving USA Special Reports
  • Complimentary copy of the subscription year Annual Update on State Laws
  • Exclusive The Giving Institute and Giving USA webinars for subscribers


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