Charity Donations Climbed in 2013: Report

Atlas of Giving predicts contributions totaled $417 billion for year

Charitable giving by Americans in 2013 probably increased by 13% over 2012, Atlas of Giving said in a recent report on November totals.

The outlook for the next 12 months is less optimistic, however, with an expected increase of 5.5%, the report said.

At the end of November, charitable giving amounted to $380 billion, compared with $338 billion a year ago — a 12.4% rise — and was expected to end the year at $417 billion, ahead of last year’s $369 billion.

Charitable gift sources, whose proportions have remained steady since 2011, will be the same in 2013, the report said:

  • Individual contributions, 75% of the total, will by grow by 12.3% to $277 billion
  • Foundation giving, 13% of the total, will increase by 18.6% to $49 billion
  • Bequests, 7% of the total, will increase by 11.3% to $25 billion
  • Corporate contributions, 5% of the total, will grow by 9.7% to $18 billion

Religion will again be the biggest giving sector in 2013, accounting for 35% of total contributions.

Education and health will retain the next two spots, at 16% and 8% of total giving, respectively.

Human/disaster services, 12% of total sector giving, will show the largest increase in 2013, up 18.7%.

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