Mega-Gifts in American Philanthropy: Giving Patterns between 2001-2003

By Gary A. Tobin, Aryeh K. Weinberg

Institute for Jewish and Community Research, 2007

The authors examine a large sample of donations to determine giving patterns for mega-gifts (defined as $1 million or more). The data presented in this study provide a unique look at the highest end philanthropy. Strong trends are observable among the data. Higher education, both public and private, is the single largest recipient, receiving over $18 billion. The second most popular sector for giving was health, receiving about $7 billion. The third most popular area of giving was arts and culture, receiving about $5 billion. The data shows that minimal risk-taking in mega-giving reigns in practice, even if megagivers often want to be "thinking outside the box."

Topic: Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Allocations, Foundations, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Higher Education

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Tobin, Gary A. Weinberg, Aryeh K. Mega-Gifts in American Philanthropy: Giving Patterns between 2001-2003. Institute for Jewish and Community Research. 2007:


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