Vital Signs – Indicators of Community Need

Vital Signs Report: A Data-Rich and Objective Look at Collier County

Vital Signs is a conversation starter to be used by planners, policymakers, nonprofit leadership and grantmakers like the Community Foundation of Collier County to move us forward.  When we created Vital Signs report in 2012, we were among the first to look at our regions’ indicators, our strengths and weaknesses, and base our grantmaking activities on realities supported by data.

Today Vital Signs  is an even more robust tool that provides the Community Foundation staff, its grantmaking committees, all civic leaders and the broader public with a tool to assess need in our community. Each year we update the indicators of community needs or Vital Signs by partnering with Hodges University, Johnson School of Business. We expect a new report on 2017 Vital Signs in October.

Our thanks to the Johnson School of Business at Hodges University and the Naples Daily News, plus an anonymous donor, for making this important publication possible.

The Philanthropy Outlook 2017

Because of the value of the nonprofit sector and the donations on which the sector relies, The Philanthropy Outlook 2017 provides data and analysis for predicted year-to-year growth rates in U.S. philanthropy for the years 2015 and 2016.  These trends include overall U.S. giving and giving by individuals/households, foundations, estates, and corporations.

While the economic and financial sector has seen greater-than-normal economic volatility in recent years, the coming years are expected to be slightly more stable and optimistic:

  • Overall, the U.S. should expect continued philanthropic growth for the years 2017 and 2018:
  • The total giving rate is expected to rise above the 5-year annualized average for total giving, but will be below the 10-year and 25-year annualized averages.
  • All sources of giving are projected to increase their contributions in 2017 and 2018. Giving by foundations will see the largest increases in both years, followed by giving by bequest. Increases in contributions from individuals/households will be higher than the increases for gifts made by corporations.
  • Among the recipient sub-sectors, giving to health will increase the most in both years. In 2017 and 2018, the health sub-sector will be the only one among those analyzed that will see giving rise above 10-year, 25-year, and 40-year historical trends. Giving to public-society benefit will exceed two of these noted historical trends, while giving to education will exceed one of these historical trends.

We are pleased to report a positive philanthropy outlook for the years 2017 and 2018, and we hope that you can use this information to make important decisions that benefit your organization.