Giving doubles in Pennsylvania

Liberty_bellIn 10 years, giving by individuals and foundations in Pennsylvania has doubled to $8 billion, seventh-highest among states in the U.S., a new report says.

Donations by Pennsylvania residents account for nearly four percent of charitable funds U.S. individuals overall give each year, and the state’s foundations account for five percent of grants by all U.S. foundations, according to a report by Pennsylvania’s two regional grantmaking forums.

“Commonwealth Giving,” co-sponsored by Delaware Valley Grantmakers and Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, tracks state giving data from 1995 to 2005.

Arts, education, health and the environment were the most popular causes among Pennsylvania donors.

Of all charitable giving in the state over the 10-year period, arts, culture and humanities organizations received 22 percent and education programs received 21 percent.

The biggest foundation giver was The Annenberg Foundation in Radnor, Pa., with nearly $274 million in grants, followed by the The Richard King Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The John Templeton Foundation, and The Lenfest Foundation, with their grantmaking ranging from $43 million to $74 million.

Individuals accounted for three-quarters of giving in the state in 2005, a trend consistent with giving throughout the U.S.

The share of U.S. giving represented by Pennsylvania residents and foundations decreased slightly over the course of the decade, the report says, to 3.8 percent from 4.5 percent.

“Our commonwealth’s slow giving growth relative to the national average is in line with Pennsylvania’s overall economic conditions,” Nancy Lanham, executive director of Delaware Valley Grantmakers, says in a statement.

She says the 54 percent growth in the state’s gross domestic product between 1995 and 2005 did not keep pace with the national average, which grew by 71 percent.

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