Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
Statistics: United States
Americans donated a record $306.39 billion to charity in 2007 (The Economic Times).
All subcategories of public charities saw increases in donations last year:
- Religion: $102.32 billion, up 1.8 percent after inflation
- Education: $43.32 billion, up 3.4 percent after inflation
- Human services: $29.64 billion, up 5.4 percent after inflation
- Health: $23.15 billion, up 2.4 percent after inflation
- Public society benefit: $22.65 billion, up 2.9 percent after inflation
- Arts, culture and humanities: $13.67 billion, up 4.8 percent after inflation
- International affairs: $13.22 billion, up 12.9 percent after inflation
- Environment and animals: $6.96 billion, up 7.7 percent after inflation
In most years, some two-thirds of Americans donate to charity.
The second-leading source of donations were foundation grants at $38.5 billion. Other sources were $23 billion from bequests and $15.7 billion from corporations, which was down by an inflation-adjusted 1 percent from 2006.
Charitable giving accounted for 2.1% of gross domestic product (Giving USA 2006)
There are approximately 1,010,400 charitable organizations in the US (National Philanthropic Trust, June 2007)