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Giving in Oregon tops $1 billion

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Giving to nonprofits in Oregon grew steadily over the last decade, exceeding $1 billion for the first time in 2003, a new study says.

The study was conducted by the Giving in Oregon Council, a committee of the Oregon Community Foundation, and was based on 2003 tax data.

Charitable giving grew in nine of the last 10 years, the report says, with total donations to the state’s nonprofits growing more than 50 percent over the decade, and increasing 16.7 percent in 2003 alone.

Total revenues generated by the state’s nonprofits, including earned income, exceed $10 billion a year, almost double the state’s general fund budget of $5.3 billion, the study says.

Education groups received more than $333 million in donations in 2003, more than any other issue area, followed by human services, which received $104 million, and the arts, with $94 million.

Oregonians donate 2.45 percent of their personal income to charity, compared with a national average of 2.32 percent, making the state the nation’s 15th most generous, the study says.

As of 2003, Oregon had 9,880 nonprofits, up from 7,944 in 1997.

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