We are excited to release this year's Our Region, Our Giving. For the last few years, conversations in philanthropy have focused on the challenges brought on by the financial crisis and ensuing recession. With this year's report, we're happy to say that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. In 2010 - the lastest year for which IRS data is available - both giving and assets solidly increased in our region. Estimates for 2011 show slight decreases in both categories, but nothing nearly as drastic as we saw during the crisis. Things seem to be stabilizing.
The report also includes financial information about the region's top funders, giving and assets by state and local jurisdiction, and lists of the region's nonprofits receiving the most funding dollars from local funders in four areas - arts & culture, education, health, and human services. Our Region, Our Giving was produced in partnership with the Foundation Center and made possible through generous support from Capital One.