In 2016, Americans donated upward of $390 billion to U.S. charities, a “new high” according to a Giving USA annual report. The lion’s share of that money came not from corporations and foundations, but individuals.
A recent issue of The Philanthropy Roundtable magazine notes the American nonprofit sector now comprises 11 percent of the U.S. workforce, contributing roughly 6 percent to American GDP as of 2015, which doesn’t even take into account millions of volunteers who contribute hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of labor.
All this despite turbulent times — in fact many recent instances of outpouring have come as a direct response to unprecedented natural disasters. Generous individuals have demonstrated time and time again a resilience to match needs with funding and support. It’s commonly said that philanthropy is woven into the fabric of America.
Locally, we see evidence of that annually with our Give! Campaign, which saw just over 4,000 donors raise nearly $1.4 million in 2016. For 2017’s class of 75 area nonprofits, the goal is to surpass that number.
Join us at indygive.com to tour 10 charitable categories that organize participating nonprofits by thematic mission. There, in addition to what’s provided in the insert in this week’s paper, you can read about each nonprofit and how they contribute to making the Pikes Peak area a better place to live (and Give!). We hope you’ll connect your own passions with one or more of these nonprofits, and that you’ll donate what you can.
Pick up the Indy through the end of the year to catch weekly features on members of this year’s GIVE! class. And tune in to our sister papers, the Colorado Springs Business Journal and the Pikes Peak Bulletin, to catch more nonprofit profiles in coming weeks. As well, expect reporting from FOX 21 news and other television, radio and print-media outlets.
Please join us in showing love again to these excellent local nonprofits, who give so much to our community. Let’s reach a “new high” together.