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Are Demographics Destiny? Contending with America's Looming Demographic Upheavals

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Based on U.S. Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, and applying sophisticated analysis, this article jolts the philanthropic sector with a glimpse of what this country will look like demographically by 2025. Few have looked into the socioeconomic impact that our rapidly aging and changing population will have on planned giving and philanthropy. Societal changes in ethnicity, gender, family structures, dependent groups, population mobility, and health care costs will have a profound impact on future giving. Understanding and responding to these seismic shifts is crucial to planning and making strategic adjustments before these changes happen.