Hopkins ranks 32nd among U.S. charities in donations In '97, university received $164.5 million in gifts

November 24, 1998|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

The Johns Hopkins University received $164.5 million last year in gifts, placing it 11th among 136 schools on an annual ranking of the nation's charities receiving the most donations.

Hopkins was ranked the 32nd nonprofit overall among the top 400 charities surveyed annually since 1991 by the Washington, D.C.-based Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Other Maryland schools in the ranking were the University of Maryland, College Park with $38 million (73rd among universities), and University of Maryland, Baltimore (132nd place), which received $23 million. Harvard University, with $427.6 million, was the largest college beneficiary of donations.

The three schools in Maryland were among eight Maryland-based nonprofits on the list. Goodwill Industries International, of Bethesda, led the eight with $179.2 million.

The other Maryland agencies that were ranked included:

Catholic Relief Services, of Baltimore, $71.7 million; The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, $45.9 million; United Way of Central Maryland, $31.2 million, and Epilepsy Foundation of America, of Landover, $23 million.

The United Way of Central Maryland ranked 18th among 35 United Way campaigns across the country. The Associated ranked seventh among 14 Jewish federations.

The Salvation Army was again the No. 1 nonprofit nationwide in gifts received, raising $1.171 billion. This was more than double the $493.8 million received by the YMCA, the second-place charity.

The YMCA replaced the American Red Cross, which received $490.1 million, in third place, while the American Cancer Society ranked fourth with $488.5 million.

The 400 charities raised a total of $29.3 billion last year, an increase of almost 13 percent over 1996, far above the inflation rate of 2.3 percent, according to the journal. It was the highest increase in gifts since the survey began.

The journal said its ranking is compiled from the charities' tax returns, audited financial statements, annual reports and responses to a questionnaire.

Pub Date: 11/24/98

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