There was recently an article on Mint.com discussing charitable giving and a lot of interesting statistics about it in the U.S. According to their data, Americans (on average) give more than any other countries to charitable organizations. Even with our country’s issues, I am still very proud to be an American and it was refreshing to see some of this data. It obviously isn’t an excuse to pat ourselves on the back and rest on our laurels, but rather it should be for “stimulating ourselves to love and good deeds…” (Hebrews 10:24).
These are a few stats that I found particularly interesting…
- Americans give $300 billion to charities each year.
- There are 973,354 public charities in the US who collect more than $1.3 trillion dollars – more than the US government collects in taxes!
- The wealthiest 10% of Americans account for 25% of all charitable giving.
- When calculated as a percentage of income the poorest people become the most charitable.
- Those who earn less than $20,000 become twice as charitable as those who earn $100,000 even though they donate one fourth as much.
- Conservatives are more likely to give than Liberals.
- Religious people give more to secular causes than secular people do.