May 29, 2022

Searchable Database (Free): Charitable Gifts: A Quick Look at the Million Dollar List

From a Article by Ashlea Ebeling:

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University launched a free searchable database today, the Million Dollar List, that captures 61,461 publicly-announced charitable gifts of $1 million or more made since 2000.


You can search by donor, recipient, location, and sector of giving to see trends, or use the advanced search feature to see where your neighbors or peers are giving (by searching by donor name or city). For each individual donor, there’s a list of his or her $1 million-plus gifts.


The list was started  in the 1960s by Arthur C. Frantzreb, a pioneer in fundraising who was on the board of the center. He kept it on index cards. The center has been keeping the list since 1999, and until recently sold access to it on a subscription basis. It will be updated on an ongoing basis—there is a tab to “report a gift” on the site for donors and charities to add to the database.  For the full methodology and summary statistics (October 2011) from the Million Dollar List, click here.

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