CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Blackbaud Index was updated today:
Based on data from 3,828 charities that raised more than $12 billion in the prior 12 months, The Blackbaud Index reports that overall charitable giving grew 2.3 percent for the three months ending October 2013, compared to the same period a year earlier.
Among 3,097 charities that raised nearly $1.7 billion online in the prior 12 months, online giving grew 9.9 percent in the same three-month period, compared to the same period a year earlier.
What’s new in The Blackbaud Index?
A new faith-based specialty index in The Blackbaud Index was launched today.
Overall fundraising revenue for 334 churches, synagogues, and other faith-based organizations representing nearly $1.2 billion in annual revenue grew 3.5 percent in the three months ending October 2013 compared to the same period a year earlier.
Online giving at 202 congregations and other faith-based groups that raised a total of more than $110 million over 12 months grew 16.7 percent during the same period.
Read the special report focused on charitable giving trends in the faith-based sector, featuring interviews with consultants from Dunham+Company and Giving Matters.
The new faith-based index brings the number of specialty indices up to nine, including: Arts & Culture, Environment & Animal Welfare, Healthcare, Human Services, International Affairs, K-12 Education, Medical Research, Public & Society Benefit, and now, Faith-based. There are plans to add a specialty index on higher education in 2014.
How can I use the Index?
Compare and visualize your fundraising results by entering your fundraising revenue in to the interactive chart. You can choose to compare overall fundraising, online fundraising, or both. And, you can even compare it by size or sector. While Blackbaud is crunching your numbers, it will share valuable fundraising tips to help you along the way.
View historical data from The Blackbaud Index
Instead of just displaying the past 12 months, The Blackbaud Index now displays archived data going back to January 2010. This will give users a chance to look at Index trends over a more extensive period of time providing them with a better picture of charitable giving in the United States.
Visit Blackbaud.com/blackbaudindex for information on fundraising by size or type of organization, to access special reports and to compare your fundraising results.