Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Was Nearly Flat in 2012

Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Was Nearly Flat in 2012

The Blackbaud Index shows overall giving was up 2 percent, while online giving grew 11 percent

CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) today released a Charitable Giving Report, featuring the sector's first look at how nonprofit fundraising performed in 2012. The Report draws from The Blackbaud Index, which tracks $8 billion in U.S.-based charitable giving on a monthly basis to provide the largest analysis of overall and online giving trends in the nonprofit sector.

"2012 continued to show signs of a slow recovery for overall fundraising," said Steve MacLaughlin, co-author of the Charitable Giving Report and director of Blackbaud's Idea Lab. "Online fundraising's return to significant growth rates is an encouraging sign, although online giving still makes up less than 10 percent of overall giving.

"Looking ahead, overall giving is not likely to increase significantly until there is sustained growth in new donors, nonprofits rebuild their multi-year donor base, and overall donor retention improves."

Key findings from the Charitable Giving Report include:

  • Overall giving continued its slow recovery and grew approximately 2% in 2012

  • Online giving grew by about 11% in 2012 compared to 2011

  • Online fundraising accounted for 7% of all giving in 2012, an increase from 2011

  • Small nonprofits had the greatest increase in overall fundraising in 2012, while medium-sized organizations led online

  • Giving throughout 2012 hovered on flat and Superstorm Sandy relief efforts helped boost year-end

Nonprofit fundraising performance differed greatly based on the size and sector of the organization.

Overall giving by size and sector

Small nonprofits, with annual total fundraising less than $1 million, grew their fundraising 7.3% compared to 2011. Medium-sized organizations, with annual total fundraising between $1 million and $10 million, had an increase of 2.7% in 2012. Fundraising by large organizations, with annual total fundraising more than $10 million, was up by 0.3%.

Giving to faith-based organizations grew by 6.1% and education institutions also had a positive year with 1.9% growth in fundraising compared to 2011. These two sectors combine for 45% of charitable giving in the US. Arts and culture, as well as environment and animal welfare organizations were the only other sectors to experience fundraising growth in 2012.

International affairs, healthcare, and human services organizations struggled throughout 2012 to achieve fundraising growth. These three sectors all had negative growth rates in 2012 compared to 2011. Public and society organizations had a slight decrease in overall fundraising in 2012.

Online giving by size and sector

Medium-sized nonprofits led the way with a year-over-year increase of 14.3% in their online fundraising. Small nonprofits grew their online fundraising 11.8% compared to 2011. Large organizations grew their online fundraising by 7.2% in 2012 compared to 2011.

Education organizations grew their online fundraising the most in 2012 with an increase of 17.9%. These nonprofits continued to have the largest growth rate for the second consecutive year. Nonprofits in the public and society benefit sector grew 17.1% and human services grew 15.7%. These organizations continued to demonstrate the need for support to donors during challenging economic times. Several of these organizations also saw online giving increase in relation to Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.

About the 2012 Charitable Giving Report

The aim of the Charitable Giving Report is to provide a benchmark for giving and help inform nonprofits' fundraising strategies in 2013. The findings in this report are based on giving data from 3,144 nonprofit organizations and more than $7.9 billion in fundraising revenue. The online fundraising findings are based on data from 2,581 nonprofit organizations and more than $512 million in online fundraising revenue. View more charitable giving trends, and take a closer look at strategies for success by downloading the report at

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About Blackbaud

Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NAS: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 27,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising, eMarketing, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), financial management, payment services, analytics and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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