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BMO Philanthropy Day Report: Charitable Donations by Indiana's Affluent Well Above National Average

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwired - Nov 14, 2013) -

  • High-net worth Hoosiers will be donating an average of $14,030 to charitable causes this year
  • Nearly half are giving more to charity than they did before the 2008 recession
  • Religion, health, local community programs, education and children are among the most the popular causes they are supporting

A new study by BMO Private Bank coinciding with National Philanthropy Day (November 15) has revealed that high-net worth individuals in Indiana plan to donate an average of $14,030 to charitable causes this year. This is well above the national average of $8,845.

The study is the third in a series by BMO Private Bank examining trends among high-net worth Americans (those with investible assets of $1 million or more). The study also found:

  • Indiana's wealthy have designated nearly six percent of their estates to charity in their wills.
  • Nearly half (48 percent) of affluent Hoosiers plan to donate more than they did prior to the 2008 recession.
  • Their favorite charitable causes to support include religious institutions (65 percent), health programs and disease research (40 percent), local community programs (40 percent), education (40 percent), and children's charities (33 percent).

"Hoosiers are well known for their generosity," said Chad Cassinelli, Senior Vice President, BMO Private Bank. "Giving generously to important community causes is part of the DNA of our state. This study demonstrates that our affluent citizens take seriously the need to give back to the communities in which they live."

Key National Findings:

On a national level, the study found:

  • Affluent Americans plan on leaving, on average, seven percent of their estates to charitable causes in their wills.
  • Almost all (94 percent) expect to make charitable contributions this year, with an average donation amount of $8,845.
  • Half (48 percent) of high-net worth Americans are donating more to charities than they did before the 2008 recession. Forty-one percent reported that they are donating the same amount and only 11 percent are donating less.
  • Almost half (49 percent) are giving to religious institutions while 46 percent are donating to health programs and disease research. Other popular causes include local community programs (36 percent), children's charities (31 percent), the arts (28 percent) and education programs and animal welfare (27 percent each).

Claudia Sangster, Director, Philanthropic Services, CTC Consulting | Harris myCFO, a part of BMO Financial Group, provides some insight to those seeking to make the most of their charitable giving: "Rather than giving on an ad-hoc basis, people should consid er maximizing the impact of their generosity by working with a financial professional to develop a philanthropic strategy that is part of an overall financial plan. Not only will their giving have a more lasting impact, but it will also enable them to leave a legacy for their family, their community and future generations."

About BMO Private Bank, a Part of BMO Financial Group
BMO Private Bank offers a comprehensive range of wealth management services that include investment advisory, trust, banking and financial planning to meet the financial needs of high net worth clients. Through integrated teams of experienced financial professionals, BMO Private Bank helps its clients realize their financial and lifestyle goals with solutions that are custom tailored and delivered with the highest level of personalized service.

BMO Private Bank is a brand name used in the United States by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. Not all products and services are available in every state and/or location.

The online survey was conducted by Pollara between March 28th and April 11th, 2013 with a sample of 482 American adults who have $1M+ in investable assets (including a sub-sample of 40 Indiana residents). The margin of error for a probability sample of this size is ± 4.5%, 19 times out of 20.

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