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The current list is a record of publicly announced charitable gifts of $1 million or more since 2000 given by U.S. residents, corporations, private foundations, and other grantmaking nonprofits to domestic or international entities across a range of charitable subsectors. The list is updated on an ongoing basis.

The goal of this project is to create an accurate picture of large gifts and how they fit into the landscape of giving in general. Data for the list come from donors and organizations that self-report, and from media reports and other publicly available sources researched by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

The searchable database contains information on donor characteristics, amounts given, donor and recipient locations, specific subsectors to which gifts were given, and additional descriptive information where possible.

This resource offers direct access to the data, interactive charts and maps, and graphic representations of key aspects of the data.

The Million Dollar List is one of the many ways the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy improves philanthropy to improve the world.

Why is this information important?

Inform – There is a lack of knowledge about gifts at the million dollar level. Now, by making the Million Dollar List available online without a subscription, the School of Philanthropy hopes to help fill existing knowledge gaps, highlight patterns and trends, and expand the nation’s understanding of million dollar giving specifically and of philanthropy generally. The Million Dollar List increases transparency, demonstrates the scope of giving at this level, and helps people interested million dollar giving put gifts into context.

Connect – Million dollar gifts represent an important threshold for donors. The Million Dollar List allows donors and advisors to see which organizations with causes similar to their interests are receiving large gifts, where their peers are giving, and where gaps in funding at this level may exist, allowing them to be more strategic in their philanthropy. Additionally, they can find like-minded donors and identify potential opportunities to collaborate to leverage their giving.

History of the Million Dollar List

The Million Dollar List was conceived and a record of million-dollar-plus gifts over 33 years was given by Arthur C. Frantzreb, Chairman Emeritus of Hartsook Companies, Inc., and Robert F. Hartsook in1999. With the contribution of this indispensable history, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy agreed to compile and distribute the Million Dollar List to carry on Frantzreb and Hartsook's work as a service to fundraisers, a record for historians and an inspiration for potential donors. The School converted the subscription-only list to a free online resource in May 2011.

Data Story

MDL Infographic April 2013

"A Decade of Million Dollar-Gifts" answers key questions about $1+ million publicly announced gifts: who gives them, who receives them, and more.

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April 4, 2013

The release of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s "A Decade of Million-Dollar Gifts" report has been generating buzz amongst fundraisers and donors alike. As partners of the project, over the next few weeks CCS will be exploring key findings and implications of the study in a series of blog posts. The report found that 60% of million-dollar gifts came from donors who live in same geographic region as the recipient organization, confirming an idea that most practitioners in the world of fundraising would agree on – local donors are the ones making impactful gifts to nonprofit organizations.

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