Upgrade your browser to improve your experience. See recommended browsers
Trends and motivations that informed donors' charitable support.
Fidelity Charitable today is the nation’s second-largest grantmaker behind the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,1 propelled by the collective generosity of nearly 150,000 donors who actively use their Giving Accounts. Last year, our donors recommended $3.5 billion in grants to support more than 114,000 charitable organizations in every state and around the globe.2
As more people use donor-advised funds to plan their giving, their impact on the charitable sector has grown. But many other trends influencing philanthropy also emerge in this report. Not only are donors increasingly using efficient, tax-effective means to plan their giving, but more and more people are giving in smarter ways that create greater impact. Donors also are giving in response to issues and events they see happening in our increasingly interconnected world.
1Based on a comparison of Fidelity Charitable grant dollars with the grants made by private, corporate, and community foundations, as listed in the Foundation Center's "Top 100 U.S. Foundations by Total Giving" list.
2The 2017 Fidelity Charitable Giving Report is based on data from Fidelity Charitable’s internal reporting database, unless otherwise indicated.
3Internal Revenue Service, Statistics of Income Bulletins.