Charitable Giving Statistics


Individual and Family Philanthropy

  • Americans gave $373.25 billion in 2015. This reflects a 4.1% increase from 2014.
  • Corporate giving in 2015 increased to $18.46 billion - a 3.9% increase from 2014.1
  • Foundation giving in 2015 increased to $57.19 billion - a 6.5% increase from 2014.1 
  • In 2015, the largest source of charitable giving came from individuals at $268.28 billion, or 71% of total giving; followed by foundations ($57.19 billion/16%), bequests ($28.72 billion/9%), and corporations ($18.46 billion/5%).1
  • In 2015, the majority of charitable dollars went to religion (32%), education (15%), human services (12%), grantmaking foundations (11%), and health (8%).12
  • International affairs experienced the largest giving increase in 2015, receiving 17.5% more than the previous year.1
  • Charitable giving accounted for 2.1% of gross domestic product in 2015.1
  • Historically, charitable giving rises about one-third as fast as the stock market.2
  • Approximately 91% of high net worth households give to charity.3
  • On average, high net worth donors gave $25,509 to charity in 2015. By comparison, general population households gave $2,520 on average.3

Sources

    1. Giving USA 2016

    2. The Foundation Center

    3. The 2016 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy conducted in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy

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