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Facts About Social Issues


Learn the facts about charitable giving.

•  In 1970, wealthy nations agreed to a goal of spending 0.7% of their gross national product on assistance to developing countries. Through 2007, the amount of aid has been around 0.2 to 0.4%.



•  More than 92% of Americans participate at some level of charitable giving.



•  Low-income working families are the most generous group in America, giving away about 4.5% of their income on average, compared with about 2.5% among the middle class, and 3% among high-income families.




•  Top five reasons why people give:      


               1. Because they are asked to or are presented a giving opportunity. 

               2. Compassion for those in need. 

               3. Personally believe in the cause 

               4. Affected by the cause 

               5. To give back to their community 




•  Total giving to charitable organizations increased to $306 billion in 2007, up 3.9% from 2006 (when adjusted for inflation). That accounted for 2.2% of U.S. domestic product.



•  32% of U.S. adults have less than positive feelings toward America's charitable organizations. And only one in 10 strongly agrees that charitable organizations are honest and ethical in their use of donated funds.



•  Younger donors are more likely to respond positively to messages that focus on the global impact of an organization's work, while older donors are more likely to give to groups that highlight services they provide that the government does not.


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