By Noelle Barton and Holly Hall
Donations to America's largest charities grew by 13 percent last year, to $62.7- billion, according to The Chronicle's
annual Philanthropy 400 survey.
That increase matches the highest percentage gain in the 16 years that The Chronicle has been ranking the 400 most-successful charities. At the height of the technology boom, in 1999, charities in the Philanthropy 400 achieved a 13.4-percent increase."