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CHARITABLE GIVING IN U.S., 2006

  • Total contributions: $295.02 billion
  • Sources of giving:
    • Individuals — 75.6 percent
    • Bequests — 7.8 percent
    • Foundations –-12.4 percent
    • Corporations — 4.3 percent
  • Recipients of giving
    • Religion – 32.8 percent
    • Education – 13.9 percent
    • Human Services – 10 percent
    • Gifts to foundations – 10 percent
    • Public-society benefit – 7.3 percent
    • Health – 6.9 percent
    • Arts, culture, humanities – 4.2 percent
    • International Affairs – 3.8 percent
    • Environment and animals – 2.2 percent
    • Deductions carried over and other unallocated giving – 8.8 percent

Source: Giving USA


HOUSEHOLD GIVING, VOLUNTEERING

  • 89 percent of U.S. households give
    • Average contribution: $1,620
  • 44 percent of U.S. adults volunteer
    • 83.9 million U.S. adults
    • Equal to over 9 million full-time employees
    • Value: $239 billion

Source: Independent Sector


GRANTMAKING FOUNDATIONS

  • Number of foundations, 2004: 68,000
  • Foundation giving, 2005: $33.6 billion
    • Up 5.5 percent from 2004
  • Gifts to foundations, 2005: $24 billion
  • Assets of foundations, 2004: $510.5 billion
    • Up 7.1 percent from 2003
  • Community foundations:
    • 1 percent of foundations
    • Over 9 percent of giving
    • 16 percent of gifts received

Source: Foundation Center


CORPORATE GIVING

  • Median dollar value of corporate donations for 66 companies:
    • $37.7 million, 2005
    • $32.9 million, 2004
    • Over 75 percent of companies reported increases in 2005
  • Corporate gifts matching employee gifts
    • 9.7 percent of overall corporate giving, 2005
    • $7.7 percent of overall corporate giving, 2004
  • Source of corporate giving for typical company
    • Cash: nearly half of donations
    • Grants: roughly one-third of donations
    • Non-cash: less then one-fourth

Source: Giving in Numbers, 2006 Edition, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy


PRIVATE CONTRIBUTIONS

  • 12.5 percent of overall revenue of U.S. public charities, 2005
  • Sources:
    • Individuals, 83 percent
    • Foundations, 11 percent
    • Corporations, 5 percent

Source: The Nonprofit Sector in Brief, National Center for Charitable Statistics, Urban Institute


GIVING TO U.S. COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES

  • $28 billion in 2006, up 9.4 percent
  • Sources of voluntary support of higher education:
    • Alumni: $8.4 billion, 30 percent
    • Foundations: $7.1 billion, 25.4 percent
    • Non-alumni individuals: $5.7 billion, 20.4 percent
    • Corporations: $4.6 billion, 16.4 percent
    • Religious organizations, $380 million, 1.3 percent
    • Other organizations: $1.83 billion, 6.5 percent

Source: Annual Voluntary Support of Education survey, Council for Aid to Education


VOLUNTEERS

  • 28.8 percent of U.S. adults, 2005
  • By age
    • Ages 35 to 44: 34.5 percent
    • Ages 16 to 24: 24.4 percent
    • Ages 65 and older: 24.8 percent
  • By gender
    • Women: 32.4 percent
    • Men: 25 percent
  • By race/ethnicity:
    • Whites: 30.4 percent
    • African Americans: 22.1 percent
    • Asians: 20.7 percent of Asians
    • Hispanics or Latinos: 15.4 percent

Source: The Nonprofit Sector in Brief, National Center for Charitable Statistics, Urban Institute


VOLUNTEERING IN THE U.S., 2006

  • 61.2 million people volunteered
  • 26.7 percent of population
    • Down 2.1 percent from each of previous three years
  • By gender
    • Women: 30.1 percent
    • Men: 23 percent
  • By age
    • Ages 16 to 24: 21.7 percent
    • Ages 25 to 34: 23.1 percent
    • Ages 35 to 44: 31.2 percent
    • Ages 45 to 54: 31.2 percent
    • Ages 55 to 64: 27.9 percent
    • Ages 65 and older: 23.8 percent
  • By race/enthnicity
    • Whites: 28.3 percent
    • Blacks: 19.2 percent
    • Asians: 18.5 percent
    • Hispanics or Latinos: 13.9 percent

Source: Volunteering in the United States, 2006, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


VALUE OF VOLUNTEER HOUR

  • 2006: $18.77
  • 2005: $18.04
    • Based on average hourly wage for all non-management, non-agriculture workers, as determined by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with 12 percent increase to estimate for fringe benefits

Source: Independent Sector


VOLUNTEER RATES AND STATISTICS, 2006

  • 61.2 million volunteers contributed 8.1 billion hours
  • 31.2 percent of people in U.S. volunteered
  • Americans donate nearly $150 billion a year through volunteering
  • Top five states, based on rate of volunteering:
    • Utah, 45.9 percent
    • Nebraska, 42.2 percent
    • Minnesota, 40.4 percent
    • Alaska 38.8 percent
    • Kansas, 38.3 percent
  • Bottom five states, based on rate of volunteering:
    • Mississippi, 24.2 percent
    • Florida, 21.8 percent
    • Louisiana, 21.2 percent
    • New York, 20.1 percent
    • Nevada, 17.5 percent

Source: Volunteering in America: 2007 State Trends and Rankings in Civic Life, Corporation for National & Community Service


BABY BOOM VOLUNTEERS

  • 77 million Americans born 1964-1964
  • Volunteers age 65 and older
    • Just under 9 million in 2007
    • Will grow to over 13 million by 2020
  • Volunteer rate, ages 46 to 57:
    • 30.9 percent today
    • 25.3 percent in 1974
  • Remaining in workforce increases likelihood a Boomer will continue to volunteer
  • Boomer’s relatively high volunteer rate tied to their education level and propensity to have children later in life
  • Boomers who engage in professional or management volunteer activities are the most likely to volunteer from year to year
  • Boomers who engage in general labor or supply transportation are least likely to volunteer the following year
  • The more hours a boomer devotes to volunteering, the more liely he or she will volunteer from year to year

Source: Baby Boomers and Volunteers: Findings From Corporation Research, Corporation for National & Community Service, 2007

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