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Article retitled to reflect properly the emphasis on human service nonprofit organizations. Section “Trends in Fundraising for Human Services” updated & retitled to “Trends in Sources of Philanthropic Support.” Statistics updated

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date: 24 November 2017

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Of the 1.6 million tax-exempt organizations registered with the IRS as of March 2012, about one-fourth are human service nonprofits, including some 254,100 charities with about $134.5 billion in total revenues. In 2011 human-service charities received about $35.4 billion in charitable contributions. This represents 12% of all charitable contributions (Giving USA Foundation, 2012) and is about 15% of the combined revenues reported by the roughly quarter million registered human-service charities. While government funding is a major driving force for human-service nonprofits, philanthropic funding clearly is important as well. Securing such funding requires solid understanding of the fundraising process and dedicated time and effort, however. Moreover, competition for donations (and fundraising expertise) appear to be growing across the board, with donations from individuals, United Way, and corporate contributions most at risk for human-service nonprofits.

Keywords: charity, philanthropic contributions, individual donors, United Way, corporate contributions, human-service nonprofits, fundraising

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