Donating to Causes: Motivators

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Donating to Causes: Motivators

In 2018, Americans donated an estimated amount of $427.71 billion in charities. Charitable giving in the USA is monitored by several organizations like the National Center for Charitable Statistics, National Philanthropic Trust, Giving USA, The Foundation Center, and several others; the most recent giving trends published by these organizations are for the year 2018.
  • Religion-related causes attracted most donations in 2018, amounting to a total of $124.52 billion, followed by education with contributions worth $58.72 billion.
  • Causes related to human services received $51.54 billion in 2018, and health organizations received a total of $40.78 billion.
  • Foundations in the US received total donations worth $50.29 billion. People in the US have also donated to public-society benefit organizations, the total amount donated to these organizations amounted to $31.21 billion.
  • Causes related to arts, culture, and humanities received $19.49 billion in donations. Donations to the environment and animal organizations in the US amounted to $12.70 billion.
  • International affairs and related causes received contributions worth $22.88 billion. "In 2018, the majority of charitable dollars went to religion (29%), education (14%), human services (12%), grant making foundations (12%), and health (9%)"
  • According to a report published by the Charities Aid Foundation, "religious organizations remain the most popular cause to donate to in America (38%)." Environment and animal organizations received fewer contributions in 2018.
  • According to an article published by CNBC, religion is the most popular charitable cause supported by people in the US. The second most prevalent cause is education, and the least popular charitable causes, with comparably fewer donations, are environment and animal welfare.


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