The next generation of planned giving donors
October 29, 2015
Too often in fundraising, planned giving gets associated solely with targeting retirees or donors who are in their twilight years. In today’s environment, however, planned giving has a much broader potential audience.
Society is now going through what is commonly referred to as “the great wealth transfer.” This is an unprecedented opportunity for your planned giving program to capture donor passion and transform your organization.
Which segment of your donor and prospect database is the best target for planned giving discussions? It may surprise a lot of fundraisers and nonprofit organizations to learn that research indicates the answer to that question is Generation X.
Our new Ruffalo Noel Levitz fundraising white paper, The Next Generation of Planned Giving, addresses not only trends and statistics related to who is making planned gifts in 2015 and beyond, but also the following:
- Why generation X is a top planned giving target audience
- Evaluating your organization’s potential planned giving audiences
- What types of planned gifts are the most popular in the United States
- The average value of bequests
- How much money is currently held in IRAs
- What size annual gifts are typically made by donors most interested in planned giving
In 2014, more than $28 billion was donated to nonprofit organizations via planned gift bequests. This represented approximately eight percent of 2014’s overall fundraising total.
Planned giving is an important component of fundraising programs, and organizations that focus on the right audience now will reap tremendous benefits in the coming years and decades. This new white paper can help provide insight into establishing those practices for your organization.