6 Baltimore-area nonprofit groups make 'top 400' list Hopkins ranks 58th in national survey of philanthropy receipts


The Johns Hopkins University, with donations of $94.7 million, led six Baltimore-area nonprofit organizations in a national ranking of the top 400 philanthropies receiving private support last year.

The University of Maryland at Baltimore made the list for the first time with private gifts totaling $18.8 million, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Judith Blackburn, assistant vice president for external affairs at UMAB, said that represented no spectacular gift but "a few big ones and a lot of smaller ones. We are building up to the start of a capital campaign in the next year or two."

Johns Hopkins in September 1994 began a $900 million campaign of which $525 million is for endowment and physical improvements. It ends in February 2000.

Americans gave 5 percent more to their 400 favorite charities last year, a smaller increase than the 6.3 percent in 1995 but above the inflation rate of 2.8 percent, the Chronicle reported. The $23.5 billion raised by the 400 is about one-sixth of the total raised nationally. Government funding is not included in the study, reported in the Oct. 31 issue of the national journal that covers nonprofit groups.

Donations to social service groups suffered a sharp decline of 5.3 percent. Although the Salvation Army continued as the most popular charity in the country with $644.2 million in donations, gifts to it declined 11.3 percent.

Robert A. Watson, national Salvation Army commander, noted increased competition between human service groups. "The needs are just overwhelming," he told the Chronicle.

Private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations were up in the following areas: Community foundations, 93 percent; museums and libraries, 25.4 percent; performing arts groups, 16.5 percent; education groups, 17.5 percent; and public broadcasting groups, 17.4 percent.

The following are the six Baltimore-area charities, showing national ranking and private gifts received:

* The Johns Hopkins University (58), $94,731,740. This was 23rd among colleges and universities.

* Catholic Relief Services (88), $74,178,000.

* United Way of Central Maryland (225), $30,876,403. This was 20th among United Ways.

* International Youth Foundation (246), $27,827,767. It moved here from Battle Creek, Mich., this year and funds proven youth programs.

* The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore (249), $27,783,103. This was 11th among Jewish federations.

* UMAB (361), $18,764,260. It was 122nd on the list of colleges and universities.

Other geographic areas besides Baltimore that had six nonprofit organizations listed were Alexandria, Va.; Pittsburgh; and San Francisco. Eight cities, led by New York's 52 and Washington's 22, had seven or more charities, the Chronicle said.

Pub Date: 10/29/96

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