The 2015 Philanthropy 400 list of the nation’s top charities has been released, and this year LSA is ranked at number 23. The Philanthropy 400 list is compiled annually by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a leading publication for nonprofit news and issues.
The list of the top charities in the nation ranks nonprofits by their donations from private sources, including individuals, foundations and corporations. LSA had been listed at number 20 on the list in 2014 and 25 in 2012 and 2013. The ranking among the top two dozen groups listed puts LSA in the company of other charitable organizations such as United Way Worldwide, Feeding America, Harvard University and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that private donations to the Philanthropy 400 list was up 5.1 percent, compared to 10 percent last year. Overall the rise in charitable giving to all nonprofits was up 5.4 percent, according to “Giving USA,” compared to three percent the previous year. Giving to the Social Service category, however, declined by 7.6 percent. Other changes noted this year were growth of giving to donor-advised funds and international relief groups.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy sources the information mainly from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form 990, the informational return that nonprofits file on a yearly basis. Government support, such as Medicare and Medicaid, is not used to rank the charities listed. This is the 25th year the listing has been compiled.
LSA is one of the largest health and human service networks in the country, touching the lives of more than six million people in the U.S. – one in 50 people – each year. Our members serve their neighbors in the rich Lutheran tradition of social ministry, providing critical services and support in all 50 states and parts of the Caribbean.
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