A Decade of Charitable Giving Trends in Florida

Nonprofits rely on donations, especially from individuals, to support their vital mission work.  Because of COVID-19, 71% of Florida nonprofits had a decrease in unrestricted income in 2020, and 69% raised less money in 2020 than in 2019, making fundraising that much more important - and difficult.


This look at individual charitable giving across the state of Florida was released by FNA in March of 2021.  It dives into the itemized deductions of individuals from the years 2011 to 2018, including a first glance at how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affected charitable giving.


Key findings include:
  • Charitable giving by Floridians overall has shown strength in recent years, returning to pre-Recession levels in 2015 and remaining relatively stable since.
  • The number of reporting donors in Florida has declined steadily since the Recession, even as the state’s population and wealth have grown.
  • The bulk of charitable giving in Florida today comes from a relatively small group of wealthier donors, mostly in South Florida, rather than from a cross-section of Floridians, as was the case 15 years ago.
  • Giving across the state is not equal - with the exception of Southeast and Southwest Florida and one part of the Panhandle, the rest of Florida has seen a decline in individual giving.
  • The sustainability of current giving levels is an area of concern and the long-term impact of recent tax law changes remains uncertain.

Click here to download the full report.

The following region and county specific versions of the report are available:

Thank you to our sponsors:
  • Central Florida Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Broward
  • Community Foundation of Collier County
  • Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation
  • Southwest Florida Community Foundation
  • The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida