1st Annual Sacramento Perspective – Giving USA Philanthropic Landscape Data Release!

We were proud to partner with CCS Fundraising and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation in launching the 1st Annual Sacramento Perspective on the Giving USA Philanthropic Landscape data release.

The event brought together philanthropists, community foundations, nonprofit leaders, and community advocates to discuss the Sacramento landscape of philanthropy. We began the event by taking a macro-level look at the national data, which showed a continued growth in giving. As a nation, we reached all-time highs for giving by breaking the $400 billion mark!

National Giving Breakdown:

  • 70%/ $286.65B – Individuals
  • 16%/ $66.90B – Foundations
  • 9%/ $35.70B – Bequests
  • 5%/ $20.77B – Corporations

We were excited to see the national level of giving to education increase by 6.2% maintaining the overall distributions percentage to education at 14%.

After hearing the national data, we dove down to a local level looking at the philanthropic landscape here in the Greater Sacramento region. In Sacramento County, we have 7,226 registered nonprofits, which total $9.83 B in Revenue.

The Distribution of the Nonprofits:

  • Human Services – 29%
  • Religion – 18%
  • Education – 13%
  • Arts & Culture – 8%
  • Health – 7%
  • Environment – 4%
  • Hospitals – 1%
  • International – 1%
  • Other – 19%

An interesting correlation made coming from a capital city is the relationship between political giving and charitable giving. The statistics show that if an individual were to give over $2,500 to political causes they are 14.48x more likely to give to charitable causes. Additionally, in the brackets of $1,000 – $2,500 and $500 – $1,000 political giving they were 6.43x and 5.17x more likely to give to charitable causes respectively.

We finished the event with a wonderful panel discussion talking about the Sacramento statistics and how we can create strategies and leverage for additional impact.

The Panel Breakdown:

  • Sarah Krasin, Vice President of CCS Fundraising (Moderator)
  • Kevin Duggan, President, and CEO of Mercy Foundation
  • Lial Jones, Mort and Marcy Friedman Director and CEO at The Crocker Art Museum
  • Lynne Cannady, Founder, and President at LPC Consulting Associates
  • Priscilla Enriquez, Chief Impact and Strategy Officer at The Sacramento Region Community Foundation