As a country, we are the most charitable in the world. And charitable giving is expected to continue to rise as the broader economy expands.
Even during the most challenging times in the world, American philanthropy has proven to be resilient. As a matter of fact, overall giving and average donation amounts have increased. This proves that generosity is thriving and helping people cultivate purpose.
Lately, monetary direct donations are shifting from the middle class to the wealthy, from income to assets, and from boomers to millennials. Surprisingly, wealthy, asset-holding millennials are where philanthropy is increasing the fastest; however, regardless of our age or background, we can all do our small part to create big change!
Philanthropy is not just a hobby for rich tycoons at the end of their careers. Private giving is a massive phenomenon that provides great joy in life. It is one of the most effective ways to solve some of the most pressing issues in the U.S. It’s a huge, multifaceted enterprise bubbling with fresh ideas, risk-taking, social invention, and lots of human kindness. It’s also one of the most distinctive elements of American culture and society—a practice that sets us apart from other nations. As a country, we are much stronger, more dynamic, warmer, united, and cheery because of the extraordinary giving and volunteering that millions of Americans offer to their fellow citizens every year.
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The Almanac of American Philanthropy was created to serve as the definitive reference on America's distinctive philanthropy. Upon its publication it immediately became the authoritative, yet highly readable, 1,342-page bible of private giving. It chronicles the greatest donors in history, the most influential achievements, the essential statistics, useful quotations, and summaries of vital ideas about charitable action. Now there's a new 2017 Compact Edition of the almanac. It offers highlights of the crucial information and fascinating arguments contained in the full-length version, in a condensed format. All updated to the present moment!
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The Almanac of American Philanthropy was created to serve as the definitive reference on America s distinctive philanthropy.
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At CEK we are passionate about life changing efforts to improve the lives of others. We invest our time and resources to realize positive outcomes, but there is only so much we can do. That’s why we welcome and foster collaboration. We want to be a source of education, inspiration, and a beacon to likeminded organizations and individuals who want to have global impact, regardless of the size of their contribution.
Today, Philanthropy in America—between the value of the money we donate and the time we volunteer—is a trillion-dollar-per-year enterprise.
Charitable giving surpassed the fabled “military-industrial complex” in economic power, for sheer size back in 1993.
Private giving by Americans, to the poorest people overseas, far exceeds all the foreign aid donated by the U.S. government.
Nearly 8 out of every 10 dollars donated in the U.S. come from everyday Americans, not foundations or corporations.
The typical American family donates about $3,000 in a year. With 125 million families in the U.S., philanthropy is very powerful!
Americans volunteer more than 8 billion hours of time annually.
Faith is the number one motivation for America’s remarkable private giving.
Members of U.S. churches and synagogues send four-and-a-half times as much money as the Gates Foundation, to needy people overseas every year.
The most generous Americans (measured by money given away as a percentage of their income) live in the states of Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and Idaho.
Philanthropy is distinctively American. Rates of voluntary giving in the U.S. are triple the level in the U.K., twelve times as high as in Japan, and thirteen times the rate of the French.
Source for all: The Almanac of American Philanthropy by Karl Zinsmeister