Charitable Giving Bounced Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels Last Year – Forbes

Topline

Charitable giving took a dip in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but rebounded in 2021, according to data released by Gallup Tuesday—though levels of volunteering still remain low. 

Key Facts

81% of U.S. adults donated money to a charitable organization in 2021, up from 73% in 2020. 

That’s back on target with the number of people who did before the pandemic started: In 2017, 83% of U.S. adults donated to charity. 

Income affected how many people gave: 68% of people who made less than $40,000 a year donated, compared to 84% who made between $40,000 and $99,999 and 92% who made $100,000 or more. 

Though 58% of U.S. adults volunteered their time in 2020, only 56% did in 2021, marking a sharp decline from the 64% of people who did in 2017. 

Big Number

3%. That’s how much charitable giving declined between 2008 to 2009 during the economic recession, from 82% to 79%. 

Key Background

In 2020, religious causes were the biggest recipient of charitable donations, with 28% of donations going to one, according to a report from Giving USA. Another 15% of donations went to educational groups, 14% to human services and 12% went to foundations. Just 3% of donations went to charities aimed at the environment and animals. 

Further Reading

The Environment And Animals Deserve More Than Just 3% Of Our Charitable Giving (Forbes)

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