Giving On the Rise
Giving is on the rise throughout the United States, according to Charity Navigator. As of last year, charitable organizations received $358.38 billion—that’s roughly comparable to 2 percent of the nation’s GDP. In comparison, charitable donations have, in total, climbed 7.1 percent in current U.S. dollars (or 5.4 percent when adjusted for inflation dollars) from 2013. As noted by Charity Navigator, this year marks the fifth year in a row that charitable giving has increased. This year also marks the first time since the 2008 recession that charitable giving has surpassed the all-time high of 2007, which came in at $355.17 billion dollars.
This year’s donations came from a variety of different sources, as charitable giving was up for all the donor categories, including foundation, bequest, corporation and individuals. However, the vast majority of the donations—72 percent or $258.5 billion—came from individuals, and individual donations climbed by 5.7 percent since 2013. Interestingly, foundations donated $54 billion (increase of 8.2 percent from 2013).
Corporations donated $17.8 billion, as well, which was an increase from 2013 of 13.7 percent—this highlights that the current trend of corporate social responsibility might be having an impact on overall corporate donations. Regarding the charities or nonprofits that received these donations, religious organizations received the most at 32 percent. Education received 15 percent, followed closely by other sectors such as the arts, education, human services and environment/animal.
In short, giving is on the rise, especially amongst corporations.
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