EHL Consulting Hosts Over 90 Guests at Inaugural Giving USA Event

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Philadelphia fundraising consultant Robert I. Evans joined Dr. Patrick Rooney at the exclusive Union League in Center City to present on the state of charitable giving in the United States.

Robert I Evans - EHL Consulting Group

Robert I Evans - EHL Consulting Group

Robert I. Evans, Founder and Managing Director of the Philadelphia fundraising firm EHL Consulting Group, joined Patrick M. Rooney, the Executive Director of The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, to review the results of the 2012 Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy for 2011.

The presentation on the state of giving in the United States was held on Wednesday, June 20th at The Union League of Philadelphia. Event sponsors included EHL Consulting Group, National Philanthropic Trust, Foundations of the Union League, and Donor Perfect.

“If you look at charitable giving as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product, clearly the nonprofit sector is underperforming,” Dr. Rooney observed, noting that philanthropic contributions have not risen above 2.3% of the GDP since 1971. “If every household in America made a daily five dollar charitable gift, we would be well on our way to increasing that percentage in a heartbeat.”

The Report detailed that giving by individuals increased by an estimated 3.9 percent in 2011 to $217.79 billion in contributions; foundations increased 1.8 percent to $41.67 billion; corporate donations held steady at 5 percent and $14.55 billion; and bequests rose an impressive 12.2 percent to $24.41 billion.

Despite these increases, many nonprofits are still struggling to connect with new donors.

“There is no such thing as donor fatigue,” Mr. Evans explained, indicating that the primary challenge for nonprofit organizations will be to reinvigorate lapsed donors who may have strayed during the Great Recession. “These donors are waiting to be inspired by transformational projects, and many of today’s nonprofits are not presenting a compelling enough case for support.”

About EHL Consulting Group
EHL Consulting Group is located in suburban Philadelphia, and is one of only 34 fundraising management firms that belong to the Giving Institute. Founded in 1991 by Robert I. Evans, EHL Consulting Group guides nonprofit organizations across the United States and around the world in understanding and implementing the most effective ways to raise money and sustain support. For more information, visit

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