Important information about trends in individual and family philanthropy is revealed by two recent studies. These findings help us understand the nature of philanthropy in the U.S. They are pertinent to philanthropists and nonprofit organizations alike.
The 2016 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy is a survey of 1,435 U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more (excluding the value of their primary homes) and/or an annual household income of $200,000 or more. This study was conducted in collaboration with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
The First National Benchmark Survey of Family Foundations is a survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,500 family foundations with assets of at least $2 million and annual giving of at least $100,000. This study was conducted for the National Center for Family Philanthropy by the Urban Institute.