Americans have always been generous. They donate, tip and volunteer more than any other country. Giving USA’s annual report on philanthropy shows that, in 2018, donations totaled nearly $428,000,000,000. Tax law changes hurt some, as giving was down 4% from the year before. But the country still gave.
It is estimated that 6 in 10 Americans donated something in 2019, with individuals over the age of 55 giving the most. Corporations provide the largest share, with foundations in second place and individuals coming in third. Wherever it comes from, charitable giving keeps the country going. It assists schools, the environment, the arts and the needy. Without it, important programs and safeguards would disappear.
Local charities are suffering. Agencies that serve our communities need your help. Families are hurting. Fund raisers have been shelved. Donations have plummeted. Consider choosing 5 favorite charities and send them each $5.00. Every month. If 100 do this, that’s $6,000/yr for each one. Give now. Please.