Posted at 2:00 PM on November 19, 2007
by Sanden Totten
Or audience is awesome. In our most recent episode (Charity: What Gives?) they brought the conversation to places we totally didn't expect. The stories and expereinces they shared made the hour fun, informative and deeply personal.
Our audience also likes to check their facts.
So, to honor those of you who really want to get into the statistics behind our show . . . we present:
In The Loop - By The Numbers!
Here are some quotes from our show along with links to the studies we used to write the show:
“We are far and away number one in the world when it comes to charitable donations. Not just in terms of absolute dollars, but in terms of the percent of our income we give away.” - from a 2006 study by the Charities Aid Foundation.
“We gave 295 billion dollars last year -- about the same as the national income of Norway or Indonesia.” - from a GivingUSA report released earlier this year.
“In the last ten years, the number of charitable organizations in this country has gone up almost 70 percent. We now have more than 900,000 public charities in this country, chasing our donations.” - from a study released by the National Center for Charitable Statistics.
“But while cultural giving's up, the social side is down. Remember there are other causes too” – Arts, culture and humanities giving went up by 9.9 percent while giving to human sector dropped 9.2 percent. - based on numbers found in this GivingUSA report.
“One-third of all American charitable money goes directly to our places of worship.” - taken from this GivingUSA report.
“Surveys find that while religious people give lots to their churches, they also give more than non-religious people to secular causes.” - What surveys you ask? How about the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey!
“[When it comes to volunteering] Germany, Norway, Tanzania...all came out ahead of us in a study done a few years ago. The Netherlands was number one. The U.S.? Number 8.” - Believe it or not, you can read about it in this study by Johns Hopkins University.
“According to one study, the average volunteer is worth about 19 dollars an hour.” The exact number is $18.77 according to this research put out by Independent Sector.
So there you have it. Those are some of the big numbers we threw out in the show. Thanks again to all the folks who joined us in the UBS Forum last Thursday. And remember, you don't need a fancy study to know that giving money to a good cause makes you feel oh so good. Keep it up America!
Thank you for posting these statistics Sanden.