The U.S is considered the most generous country in the world, with two-thirds of Americans giving to charities annually. And this number continues to grow, with giving levels increasing every year since 2009.
In 2016, an estimated $390 billion was given to charity in the U.S. – an increase of 1.4 percent over 2015 totals, with individual giving accounting for 72% of all giving. Religious organizations led the list of recipients, receiving over 32% of individual donations, followed by Education, with 15% of donations, then Human Services, with 12%.
Whatever cause you support, if you’re ready to open your wallet to support your favorite charity, it’s important that you keep a few things in mind prior to sending that first check.