An Uneven Recovery at Nation’s Big Charities

America’s biggest charities raised just 4% more last year and expect a flat 2013, Chronicle tally finds

An Uneven Recovery at Nation’s Big Charities 1

Courtesy of Wounded Warriors Project

The Wounded Warrior Project, No. 149 on the Philanthropy 400, more than doubled donations last year with direct-mail appeals, corporate sponsorships, and events like San Diego’s Soldier Ride.

As America’s economy seesaws, the biggest nonprofits are barely able to make up the fundraising losses they sustained in the Great Recession.

Donations to the Philanthropy 400, the charities that raise the most in America, grew just 4 percent last year, slightly more than half the gain in 2011. And the forecast from 88 groups that provided estimates for 2013 is even more grim: It shows a projected decrease of 1 percent.

A tally by The