Charitable Giving: Factors Influencing Giving in U.S. States

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Published by Sage Publications in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, volume 35 issue 4, 2006. Bryant users may access this article here.

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Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly


Charitable giving by households in the United States is significant. More than two thirds of households self-report giving. Private giving represents more than 2% of total gross domestic product (GDP) and is a significant factor in funding the nonprofit sector. This research note documents giving across U.S. states. It adds detailed data and analysis supporting and supplementing research that identifies personal income, capital gains, religious group affiliation, age, volunteerism, and educational attainment as the main factors affecting household giving.