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The nonprofit sector
- In 2006, there were over 1.9 million nonprofit organizations in the United States.
- There are approximately 1.4 million 501(c)(3) organizations, including hospitals, museums, private schools, religious congregations, orchestras, public television and radio stations, soup kitchens, and foundations.
- In 2004, the nonprofit sector accounted for 5.2 percent of GDP
- Total charitable giving reached $260.3 billion in 2005. In 2002, nearly seven out of ten households gave to charitable causes.
- Most nonprofits are small. More than 73 percent of reporting public charities reported annual expenses of less than $500,000 in 2004. Less than 4 percent of reporting public charities had expenses greater than $10 million.
- 44 percent of adults volunteer.
- 83.9 million American adults volunteer, representing the equivalent of over 9 million full-time employees at a value of $239 billion.
- The hourly value of volunteer time is $18.77 for 2006.
- 89 percent of households give.
- The average annual contribution for contributors is $1,620.
- Itemizing households give 37 percent more in contributions than nonitemizing households ($1,800 vs. $1,310);
- Itemizers give nearly two-thirds more to religion than nonitemizers;
- Homeowners who itemize their tax deductions give more than homeowners who do not itemize; and
- In every income group examined, itemizing households give at least 40 percent more than non-itemizing households.
Experience at work
- Forty-four percent of adults volunteer and two-thirds of these volunteers began volunteering their time when they were young.
- Adults who began volunteering as youth are twice as likely to volunteer as those who did not volunteer when they were younger.
- High school volunteering recently reached the highest levels in the past 50 years.
- In every income and age group, those who volunteered as youth give and volunteer more than those who did not.
- Those who volunteered as youth and whose parents volunteered became the most generous adults in giving time
Faith and Philanthropy:
- Over 85 percent of religious-giving households support secular organizations;
- Fifty-two percent (52%) of all households give to both religious congregations and secular organizations, but those households account for 81 percent of all donations;
- Households that give to both types of institutions give more to religion ($1,391) compared to households that only give to religion ($1,154); and
- Fifty-five percent (55%) of dual-giving households give to at least two other kinds of organizations.
Keeping the trust
- 4% of Americans believe charities are honest and ethical in their use of funds.
- 71% of Americans expressed their continued support for charities responding to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
- Donors who have high confidence in charities give approximately 50% more annually than do donors who express low confidence ($1,796 average annual gift vs. $1,245).
Giving in tough economic times
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- The most generous households, (those with incomes more than $75,000) decrease their giving by 33 percent from over $3,600 per household to less than $2,500.
- Households with incomes between $50,000 and $75,000 decrease their giving by 32 percent from $2,030 to $1,390.
- Households with incomes between $25,000 and $50,000 show a 45 percent decline in giving from $1,300 to $710.
- Households with incomes less than $25,000 decrease their giving by 23 percent from $560 to $430.