Top Donors and the Rising Concentration of Giving in the United States, 1960–2012

32 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2018

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Nicolas Duquette

University of Southern California

Date Written: June 19, 2018

Abstract

This paper computes the share of all household giving accounted for by the American households donating the largest amounts over the 1960–2012 period. The share of donations accounted for by a minority of top donors has risen sharply over this period. This rising concentration is driven by both larger gifts at the top and reduced giving by the broad majority of households. Charities are increasingly dependent on major donors, and the share of donations flowing to the charities receiving the highest levels of donation revenue has risen. The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act preserved or increased donation incentives for many top donors, and is likely to decrease aggregate charitable giving by less than is widely feared, while accelerating the concentration of giving among those who give the most.

Keywords: charitable giving, donor concentration, major gifts, tax policy

JEL Classification: D31, D64, H41, N32

Suggested Citation

Duquette, Nicolas, Top Donors and the Rising Concentration of Giving in the United States, 1960–2012 (June 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3203135 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3203135

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