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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
- 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.
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1. Budget for giving. Plan your philanthropic activities right into your budget just as you would other financial obligations.
2. Be an informed giver. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you’re asked to give, including the specific name of the solicitor and his or her relationship to the organization, how much of your gift will be used for overhead, the specific project the money will go toward, and other important information. Give only when you feel comfortable that your dollars will be going to support an organization you know and believe in.
3. Keep the right records. For gifts of less than $250, a canceled check is sufficient for IRS requirements. For larger gifts, you’ll want to get a properly worded receipt from the charitable organization as a confirmation of your tax-deductible contribution.
4. Be aware of how much is really tax deductible. If you receive a premium in exchange for your gift (such as a book or a dinner), the amount of your tax deduction is reduced by the fair market value of the premium. You can turn down the incentive item if you wish to claim a deduction for the full amount of your gift. Ask the receiving organization for more details.
5. Ask about matching gifts. Many employers match gifts made by their employees or make grants to organizations recommended by employees. Be sure to ask your company how it can help your gift go even further.
6. Remember, your gift can be confidential. If you prefer to have your gift remain confidential, you should let the organization know. You can expect the charitable organization to honor your request.
7. Consider alternative forms of giving. Don’t overlook the benefits to you and your cause received from bequests, charitable gift annuities, gifts in kind, endowments and many other creative forms of giving. Ask your tax advisor or attorney to help you make the best plan for you and your family.
8. Volunteer! In addition to financial support, consider giving your time and skills. Not only will you help the organization, but you’ll also make contacts, hone your skills, and learn more about the charitable cause to which you’re committing your time and money.
9. Don’t forget you have the right to say no. Give generously when you can, but if you’re unsure or feel uncomfortable-or if an organization simply falls outside your plan for giving-don’t be afraid to say no. Or, ask for more information and take more time to think before making your decision.
10. Be a proactive giver! You don’t have to wait to be asked. Plan a giving strategy in advance. Contact the charitable organizations of your choice to discuss how your gifts can be most effectively used and help make a difference in your community.
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The main concept to remember here to setup ‘donations’ as you would setup an online bill payment through the online banking features.
Virtually all banks today have online banking available to their customers. One of the key features they offer (usually free) is online ‘bill pay’. Typically this involves a one-time set up for a payee (a company or individual you want to send a payment). You can select your payee from a list of common payees (utility companies, mortgage companies, credit card companies, etc) or manually input any other payee that you would like. Once you have setup a payee once, you can always use that to send subsequent payments (or donations in the case of Humanity First).
Setting up Humanity First as a payee would require the following information:
Name of the Payee: Humanity First USA
Account: Enter your full name (if text is allowed) or phone# (if it only accepts digits)
Address: 300 E. Lombard St., Suite 840, Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone Number: 877-994-3872 (877-99-HFUSA)
Once it is setup, you can send a donation using this payee. You can either setup a one time or recurring donation. You have complete control over amount, frequency, and when you want to send the payment. The bank will usually send a paper check and it will arrive at the payee address, on the date you choose. For more information about how to use your bank’s online bill pay features, please try the following tutorial/demo links from several popular US banks.