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  • Eighty-nine percent of U.S. households give to charity, and the average annual contribution is $1,620.
    Source: Independent Sector
  • Charitable giving in the U.S. totaled $248.52 billion in 2004. Of the total:
    • Individuals gave $187.92 billion, or 75.6%
    • Foundations gave $28.8 billion, or 11.6 %
    • Bequests accounted for $19.8 billion, or 8%
    • Corporations gave $12 billion, or 4.8 %
      Source: Giving USA 2005
  • Sixty-four-and-a-half million people, or 28.8 percent of the U.S. population, volunteered at least once from September 2003 through September 2004, and used 29.5 percent of their volunteered time for fundraising.
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Nearly three out of four nonprofits use cyberspace to engage current and potential supporters.
    Source: GuideStar and Network for Good
  • Hours volunteered by Americans last year were worth an estimated $22 billion, with the value of an hour of volunteer time growing to $17.55 from $17.19 a year earlier.
    Source: Independent Sector

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