Million Dollar List

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University has compiled a searchable database of over 60,000 gifts of $1 million and over donated by individuals, foundations and corporations since 2000, and is making it freely available. “The Million Dollar List” is the largest database of philanthropic gifts, the research center says, and will provide a tool for advisors helping clients on philanthropy.

“The Million Dollar List is the most comprehensive resource on publicly reported gifts of this size,” said Patrick M. Rooney, executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. “One million dollars is a significant giving threshold for donors, so gaining a clear picture of where and how these gifts are made is an important step forward in the study of philanthropy. Now donors and their advisors can see which organizations with causes matching their interests are receiving large gifts, where their peers are giving and where gaps in funding may exist.”

Selected findings from within the Million Dollar List include:

  • What are some trends? Individual giving of million-dollar gifts and the stock market are strongly correlated. Changes in the number of gifts as well as changes in the dollar amount of gifts of $1 million and up closely follow trends in the stock market.
  • Who gives? About 70 per cent of the 6,800 publicly reported gifts made by individuals were from people who made one gift of $1 million or more.
  • Where do the gifts go? Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of individual gifts go to organisations based in the state where the donor lives.
  • Who gets them? Higher education organisations receive a far greater number of million-dollar gifts from individuals than does any other type of charity. Foundations receive far more dollars in million-dollar-and-up gifts from individuals than do other types of organisations.
  • Approximately 4 per cent of gifts from individuals are mega-gifts ($50 million and up). About 1 per cent of corporate gifts and 1 per cent of foundation gifts are mega-gifts.

You can download the entire list in Excel for free, by visiting the Million Dollar List website.

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