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Gratitude makes us more public-spirited.

Seems self-evident, yes? Someone looked out for us in our formative years, hence we “play it forward” and look out for others who are at that vulnerable time of life.

But here’s the twist: Feeling gratitude of any kind – even completely unrelated – turns out to make us more likely to invest in the public good.

And makes us happier, more optimistic, healthier.

Scientists have proven this to be so…

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A $1 million commitment to scaling a promising youth entrepreneurship program. $500,000 to fund mentoring for those recently released from prison. A $75,000 grant – one of 10 – awarded for scholarships to a summer science education institute.

These are the kinds of initiatives appealing to new philanthropists – those termed “high and ultra-high net worth donors.”

It’s easy enough to research the “what” of these donors – what they give to. But that’s after the fact. How can we figure out the “why” – and from that, understand how to position our nonprofits in this sphere?

A new study released in late November by The Philanthropy Workshop gives some clues.

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A lot has been written about David Rockefeller’s philanthropic legacy in light of his death last week at the age of 101. From support for local community improvement projects to investing in NYC’s major civic institutions, Mr. Rockefeller’s giving totaled an estimated $2 billion over his lifetime.

David Rockefeller worked hard to transmit what a New York Times article characterized as his family’s philosophy of giving – humility, responsibility, and engagement – through various charitable vehicles. Under this philosophy, we owe a common debt to each other, and much is expected of those who receive.

But while Mr. Rockefeller championed appreciation-fueled giving, his philanthropic interests reveal a deeper motivation than simply giving back. 

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The numbers are out, and they say: Full speed ahead.

The annual Giving USA report on 2014 contributions has just been released, and it’s clear – we’re back to pre-recession giving.

From a 5.7% increase in individual giving, to a whopping 15.5% increase in bequest donations (powered in part by the $1 billion estate of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson), the climate for fundraising – from individuals, foundations, and corporations – is strong.

And while the largest increase was in giving to educational institutions (due to several mega-gifts), donations to other types of nonprofits rose as well, as a result of more run-of-the-mill contributions.

What does this mean for those of us tilling the field on a daily basis?

That the money is out there – as long as we find our natural donor constituency. 

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For the last several decades, Americans have consistently given an average of 3% of their income to charity.

Year-in, year-out, no matter how bullish or dismal the economy, no matter how clever the fundraising gimmick (including publicly cascading ice cubes), the total ratio of giving to income has remained roughly the same.

But according to a recent deep-dive analysis by the Chronicle of Philanthropy into the giving patterns of taxpayers who itemize their deductions (about 80% of taxpayers), that average belies a critical difference in giving between rich and poor: while the rich give more money overall, the poor reach deeper into their pockets to make a difference.

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