SPECIAL REPORT
October 29, 2015

Philanthropy's Uneven Climb: Success Stories, Red Flags, and a Trove of Data

Philanthropy's past, present, and future are presented together in this year's Philanthropy 400, the 25th edition of our ranking of charities based on the private support they raise. Brand-name organizations from the 20th and even the 19th centuries still dominate, with 227 groups from our 1991 debut list still firmly entrenched.

Yet the top 10 include for the first time four donor-advised funds, and a battle between Fidelity and United Way for the No. 1 spot ends in a photo finish. International groups have surged over the past 25 years, while private colleges, surprisingly, have slipped a bit.

Are the disruptive forces that have wreaked havoc in corporate America now at work in philanthropy? It's hard to know. The old order certainly won't fade away anytime soon; our 25 years of rankings prove that change doesn't come easy in philanthropy.

Article
October 29, 2015

Big Charities Keep Raising More as the Donor-Advised Fund Boom Continues

The United Way remains No. 1 among U.S. nonprofits that raise the most in private support, but Fidelity Charitable is just a sliver behind.

Article
October 29, 2015

Land of the Giants: Big Nonprofits Capture Increasing Share of Charitable Dollar

The Chronicle’s exclusive annual ranking of the organizations that raised the most private support, which turns 25 this year, shows that upstarts have a hard time breaking into the top tier.

Data
October 29, 2015

A Gold Mine of Data on a Quarter Century of Giving

Browse, click, sort, and filter through 25 years of the Philanthropy 400.

Data
October 29, 2015

How 18 Causes Have Fared Through the Years

See which have rocketed up, which have experienced turmoil, and which have remained flat.

Article
October 29, 2015

America’s Largest Charities Raised 5% More Last Year; Donor-Advised Funds Won Big

United Way remains No. 1 among U.S. nonprofits that raise the most from private sources, but Fidelity Charitable is just a sliver behind.

Article
October 29, 2015

How 4 Organizations Ascended the Philanthropy 400

Innovation, smart branding, and unusual tactics helped Doctors Without Borders USA, Natural Resources Defense Council, Habitat for Humanity International, and Foundation for the Carolinas soar in our rankings over the past 25 years.

Article
October 29, 2015

Mystery Money: the Art of Seeking Gifts From Donor-Advised Funds

Billions of dollars are available, but the lack of a paper trail makes it difficult for nonprofits to target pitches. Here are ways to cut through the fog.

Article
October 29, 2015

An Unsteady Titan Tries to Keep Its Grip

With workplace giving on the wane, some find success with approaches aimed at getting millennials, Hispanics, women, and others excited about philanthropy.

Article
October 29, 2015

How Donor-Advised Fund Holders Think About Gifts

Most have a "good sense" of where they want their donations to go, according to a study that offers a rare glimpse into their thoughts on philanthropy. Plus, how men and women differ in planning and making gifts. 

Article
October 29, 2015

How the 2015 Philanthropy 400 Was Compiled

Surveys, tax forms, and other sources are used to produce our exclusive report.