Major Giving Reaches an All-Time High According to New Global Philanthropy Report from Wealth-X and Arton Capital

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Ultra-Wealthy Individuals Donate Nearly US$30 million Over the Course of Their Lifetimes

According to a new report on global philanthropy released today by Wealth-X and Arton Capital, major giving among ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals rose to an all-time high in 2015, growing 3% since 2014. On average, UHNW individuals – those with a net worth of US$30 million or more – will donate US$29.6 million over the course of their lifetimes, with total global UHNW public lifetime giving estimated at US$550 billion to-date.

“Changing Philanthropy: Trend Shifts in Ultra Wealthy Giving” reveals that major donors, those UHNW individuals who have donated at least US$1 million in their lifetime, are significantly wealthier than their UHNW peers and have an average net worth of nearly US$300 million. The report also shows that major donors hold a greater share of their wealth in liquid assets, US$85 million on average, and typically donate about half of their cash holdings to charity over a lifetime.

"The trends identified in this report are truly global, with the ultra-wealthy behaving in similar ways whether they are from Shanghai, New York, or the Middle East, which demonstrates the global connectivity of wealth in the modern world," explained John Hanafin, CEO of Arton Capital.

The report, which was commissioned by Arton Capital and produced by Wealth-X, focuses on innovations in giving, identifying the trends that are helping to increase the scale of donations and exploring new developments in philanthropic giving such as impact investing, how “giving back” is becoming integral to the identity of an organization, and analysing the extent to which the Millennial generation is setting a new philanthropic agenda.

Other findings from the Wealth-X and Arton Capital Philanthropy Report 2016 include:

  •     Most major donors are self-made – UHNW individuals with self-made fortunes represent nearly 70% of major donors and, on average, they are more than twice as wealthy as their UHNW peers.
  •     Education and health are top causes - education remains by far the most popular philanthropic cause for UHNW individuals, followed by health, with environmental issues increasing in importance.
  •     Millennials are reshaping philanthropy – the younger generation is ushering in new philanthropic models that combine traditional foundations with profit-making endeavours and social enterprises, and are driving employee-based philanthropy.
  •     The blurring of corporate and individual philanthropy – UHNW individuals are leveraging the resources at their disposal to maximise their return on giving, aligning the philanthropic strategy of their business with their own personal giving.

“At Arton Capital we share the firm belief that the prosperity of one individual, one company, or one nation is interdependent with the prosperity of others,” said Arton Capital Founder & President Armand Arton. “By shifting focus from day-to-day thinking to generation-to-generation planning, wealthy individuals have the power to make a positive impact to some of the world’s most significant challenges.”

The Wealth-X and Arton Capital Philanthropy Report 2016 utilises Wealth-X’s unique and proprietary UHNW Database, the world’s most extensive collection of curated research and intelligence on ultra high net worth (UNHW) individuals. The report also employs the Wealth-X Giving Index, which takes into account participation (the number of gifts made annually) and size (the value of gifts) from the world’s UHNW individuals, based on the Wealth-X UHNW Database.

Click here to view the complete report

About Wealth-X
The global leader in wealth information and insight, Wealth-X partners with leading prestige brands across the financial services, luxury, not-for-profit and higher-education industries to fuel strategic decision-making in sales, marketing and compliance.  Wealth-X boasts the world’s most extensive collection of hand curated dossiers on the ultra wealthy and produces unparalleled high net worth market research.  Founded in 2010, with more than 200 staff across North America, Europe and Asia, Wealth-X works with over 500 clients providing them with unique data, analysis, and counsel to drive business success.

For more information, visit wealthx.com

About Arton Capital
Arton Capital empowers individuals and families to become Global Citizens by investing in second residence and citizenship. This is accomplished through a bespoke service experience, which simplifies complexity and is supported and sustained by long-term relationships. Arton’s global operations are spread in over 15 offices around the world and have helped attract over US $3 billion foreign investment to countries. Arton Capital is a member of the Arton Group, which is comprised of fully licensed international banking, financial advisory and investment consulting entities tailored to the needs of global citizens.

For more information, visit artoncapital.com.

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