New research from United Way Worldwide, analyzing charitable giving trends in the U.S. over the past decade, finds a steady decrease in the share of taxpayers who donate to nonprofit groups, with the biggest decline coming among those who do not itemize tax deductions.
Between 2004 and 2014, the percentage of non-itemizers who give to charity dropped from 52% to 40%, while giving from itemizers fell from 88% to 82%.
Taxpayers who itemize gave more than twice as much to charity as those who did not: $3,504 on average versus $1,329.
The United Way Worldwide study included data on some 9,000 U.S. households from the University of Michigan, the Internal Revenue Service and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
“The decline in the numbers of donors is already having a negative impact on the charitable sector,” Steve Taylor, United Way Worldwide’s counsel for public policy, said in a statement. “We believe the tax law will only accelerate this decline and hurt our most vulnerable communities who can least afford it.”