Did you know that approximately 65% of U.S. households give to charity?
In total, Americans gave $298.3 billion in 2011. But what’s most remarkable about this number is that 73% or $217 billion of that came from individuals– not foundations, not corporations, not bequests. Individuals like you and me. The average annual household contribution is $2,213 while the mean is only $870 (about $70/month). Sure, the “big donors” make the news and get all the attention. But without people like us giving what we can to the causes we care about, charities would have NO money to do their important work.
And we don’t just give money. 63.4 million Americans volunteered a total of 8.1 billion hours. Those hours are equivalent to $169 billion dollars!
Source: (National Philanthropic Trust)
Remember that you are not alone. When you give time or money, you’re giving with millions of other unsung heroes. Give, because everyone is doing it, and without people like us giving to the causes we care about, there isn’t enough giving to make the world a better place.