Few people realize how large the charitable sector has become, how many vital services charities provide, and how much funding flows through them each year. Without charities and non-profits, America would simply not be able to operate. Their operations are so big that during 2016, total giving was more than $390 billion!
In 2016, as in previous years, the majority of that giving came from individuals. Specifically, individuals gave $281.86 billion, accounting for 72% of all giving. But the historical data also shows that total giving has more or less held steady at 2% of GDP. This begs the question - although we're a generous nation, could we be more so?
At Charity Navigator, we believe one way we can inspire more giving is by helping donors have greater confidence in the charities seeking their support. That's why we rate thousands of charities and provide that information for free on our website. You can help make 2017 an even bigger year for giving - go research and give now!