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2016 US Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy

The 2016 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy examines the giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes of America’s wealthiest households for the year 2015. This study is the sixth in a series of biennial studies, researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in partnership with U.S. Trust. All of these studies provide valuable information about high net worth giving across multiple dimensions that can be used by nonprofit professionals, charitable advisors, donors, and others interested in philanthropy
and the nonprofit sector.

To inform longitudinal tracking of high net worth philanthropic activity, many areas analyzed in this study— giving patterns, perceptions, motivations, decision-making, strategies, values, traditions, volunteering, and demographic dimensions — build on those examined in the previous studies in this series. In addition, the current study presents new areas of research to gain a broader understanding of the giving patterns of America’s high net worth households. Some of the new research themes include donors’ contributions to political candidates, campaigns, and committees, beliefs about restricted and unrestricted gifts, perspectives on ways to achieve social impact, and volunteer preferences.



I'll Find a Way or Make One: A Tribute to Historically Black Colleges & Universities

From Juan Williams, author of Eyes on the Prize, and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund comes a must-have gift book and definitive resource that explores the historical, social, and cultural importance of America's 107 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

HBCUs have graduated such illustrious leaders as Oprah Winfrey, Thurgood Marshall, Spike Lee, W. E. B. DuBois, Debbie Allen, Alain Locke, Samuel L. Jackson, and Nikki Giovanni. This commemorative illustrated gift book is filled with photographs, historical narrative, personal memoir, archival and contemporary material, and anecdotal and resource information. It is the first of its kind -- a groundbreaking retrospective that explores the dramatic development and history of America's historically black colleges and universities.

Stories abound about the abolition of slavery. However, lesser known are the efforts -- both prior to and after the Civil War -- of African American and white abolitionists banding together to formally educate newly freed slaves. Through the tireless work of government organizations, black churches, missionary groups, and philanthropists, HBCUs were established. The tales of how these schools were created and of the individuals who are linked to the schools' histories are extraordinarily rich -- and sometimes controversial. In an unprecedented salute to America's 107 historically black colleges and universities, I'll Find a Way or Make One chronicles the formation of the black middle class, the history of education in the African American community, and some of the most important events of African Americana and American history.



Dream Internships! It's Not Who You Know...It's What You Know

Dwayne Ashley is the President of Bridge Philanthropic Consulting. Ashley is a 20 year fundraising veteran having raised more than $550MM throughout his career. He was one of the founders the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute, which has served thousands of students preparing to discover and fulfill their life's passion.





7 Fatal Flaws of Non-Profit Boards & How To Fix Them is a 14- minute, easy to digest primer and best practices guide for board members, staff and all volunteer leadership. M. Gasby Brown wrote the book based on direct feedback from non-profit leaders and offers her Subject Matter Expert solutions. Gasby has extensive experience in Board Development with organizations of all sizes and types.





Non –Profit Thursdays™ is a seminar series to empower, educate and encourage non-profit leaders. The March 2, 2017 event features a case study and discussion on the US Trust/Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy.

The 2016 US Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy is a survey that asked HNW households about giving, volunteering behaviors and attitudes for the year 2015.

The 12 page survey was randomly distributed to 20,000 households in High Net Worth areas of the U.S. Results are based on a nationwide sample of 1400 households with a net worth of $1 million or more (excluding the value of their home) and/or an annual household income of $200,000 or more. As in previous years, the full was written and researched in partnership with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Of particular note was the discussion on HNW African American giving.