Outlook for Ohio Giving: mostly sunny

March 12, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Our annual survey of Ohio foundations shows that nearly half (47%) of the respondents plan to increase their grant dollars this year, up from just a third who responded this way last year. The average expected increase is modest, at 3.2%. With another 44% saying they will hold their grant dollars steady, the outlook for 2013 is brighter than previous years.

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As usual, our analysis also took a look at five-year trends, and the data here is pretty amazing. Our Outlook 2009 report captured the immediate reactions to the Great Recession, and only 11% of those surveyed said they’d increase their grant dollars that year. Since then, it’s been a slow and steady climb to the 47% who will give out more dollars this year.

More surprising to those of us who dig deep into this kind of data is this year’s indication of a significant jump in the number of funders who will provide general operating support (GOS). In 2009, two-thirds of our respondents said they would give GOS grants and this year 84% said they will do so; just last year, only 63% indicated they were supporting nonprofits with general dollars.  Of course, program/project support continues to be the most common type of support that foundations will deliver, at 95% this year and 91% in 2009. Not much change there.

Entry filed under: Commentaries, Philanthropy Ohio News.

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