Rebound? Giving USA Reports 5.7% Increase in Foundation Giving

Its high noon, Eastern Time, and am taking a look at the just-released information from Giving USA’s report on 2013 philanthropy. Two items jump out at me this time around.

•Foundation giving overall posted a 5.7% increase. This is better than the previous 2% to 3% gains which kept foundation philanthropy just about on an inflationary par. This likely reflects a good market earnings year for foundation portfolios coupled with the creation of some new foundations over the past year.

•Giving to foundations, adjusted for inflation, made up 11% of philanthropic giving. Very significant. Nonprofit Quarterly appears to have taken a closer look at this number at it appears to be weighted by mega-gifts to large foundation trusts from donors like Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen, et. al. Potentially big and promising news for those charities operating in the spheres of interest and influence where those donors are making investments.

Read more from the Nonprofit Quarterly here

How do these numbers compare to your results?  Is foundation giving higher for your organization?  Please add your thoughts!