The Chronicle of Philanthropy just released their latest ranking of America’s most successful charities with regard to fundraising.  Here’s the top five members of the 2016 Philanthropy 400:

  • Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund ($4 billion raised)
  • The United Way ($3.5 billion raised)
  • Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund ($3.2 billion raised)
  • Task Force for Global Health ($3.2 billion raised)
  • Feeding America ($2.4 billion raised)

A few items of interest:

  • Of the top ten fundraising juggernauts, four of them are donor advised funds set up by financial advising firms.  In fact, donor advised funds had the largest growth curve (+106%) in 2016.
  • Religious based organizations have two spots in the top ten with the Salvation Army and the National Christian Foundation clocking in at #7 and #8 respectively.
  • One Community Foundation made the top ten: the Silicon Valley Community Foundation was #9 on the list with $1.4 billion raised.
  • Overall, the top 400 charities in America raised $109 billion in 2016, up 5% over 2015 levels.