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Entrepreneurs as Philanthropists

Understanding entrepreneurs’ unique approach to giving

With more than 27 million privately held businesses in the United States, business founders, owners and investors make up much of the economic fabric of the country. But little is known about how entrepreneurs approach giving. This report provides insight into the qualities and approaches that distinguish entrepreneurs in their philanthropy—from how much they give to how they integrate giving into their businesses.

More than ¾ of entrepreneurs say charitable giving is a critical part of who they are.

See how they’re leading the way in philanthropy.

Entrepreneurs’ median charitable giving is
50% higher
than that of non-entrepreneurs.

3 out of 5
entrepreneurs say their approach to business influences their giving.

A closer look at entrepreneurs and giving

Similarities and differences in men and women entrepreneurs

Men and women entrepreneurs display similar giving habits, but sometimes differ in their motivation and implementation.

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How three generations of entrepreneurs give differently

Active Millennials, traditional Boomers and Gen Xers in between: The three generations have distinct giving attitudes, behaviors and values.

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