The 2012 edition of Trends in Northwest Giving captures more than $1.08 billion made to the Northwest in 2010. This is a 23.5% decline from the numbers reported in 2008. When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's data is removed, the decline is less dramatic at 13.5%. (The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's effect on the numbers is predominantly explained by variations in the international health category.) In either case, the reported decline is significant. Nonetheless, we believe it is equally important to highlight that giving reported in 2010 was 20% higher than giving reported in 2006 when excluding the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and 6% lower than in 2006 when including it.