The 2009 Corporate Contributions Report
The Conference Board
Responses to this year's edition of The Conference Board Annual Survey on Corporate Contributions indicate that for companies for which we have multi-year data, U.S. charitable giving declined in FY 2008, while international giving increased. Among the 166 companies that participated in the survey, total contributions of $9.47 billion were distributed to recipients in the United States and overseas in 2008, as compared to $10.97 billion in 2007. Other key findings include:
Pharmaceutical companies remain the top donor industry in the United States.
U.S. contributions totaled $6.88 billion in 2008, with a median contributions budget of $12.51 million.
For the overall survey sample, total international contributions increased from $2.35 billion in 2007 to $2.59 billion in 2008. The majority of international contributions (79.67 percent) were non-cash.
Health and human services organizations received the largest share of corporate support, both in the United States and internationally; however, U.S. contributions to health and humans services organizations decreased in 2008.