Totally Unsurprising: Half of American Households Don’t Give to Charities

Americans are becoming more and more selfish every year.

For the first time in nearly two decades, only half of U.S. households donated to a charity, according to a study released Tuesday. The findings confirm a trend worrying experts: Donations to charitable causes are reaching record highs, but the giving is done by a smaller and smaller slice of the population.

The study, published every other year by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, comes from a survey that has been tracking the giving patterns of more than 9,000 households since 2000, when 66% of U.S. households donated to a charitable organization. That number dropped to 49.6% in 2018, the latest year with comprehensive figures from those households.

Experts say many factors are contributing to the decline. The percentage of Americans who give to religious causes has decreased in tandem with attendance at worship services as the number of Americans not affiliated with any religion grows. Separately, the share of Americans who give to secular causes began to drop following the economic turbulence of the Great Recession, but it hasn’t bounced back. It reached a new low — 42% — in 2018, the study said.

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One thought on “Totally Unsurprising: Half of American Households Don’t Give to Charities

  1. Milton Almeida - The Grace Ambassador 28 Jul 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Mostly, charitable giving has declined because a certain wing of politicians, with their “redistribution” message, has convinced gullible Americans that their taxes are a, de facto, charitable contributions. The flaw of this thinking is that, nowhere in the Bible the forced confiscation of goods and income from citizens to be, supposedly, redistributed to other citizens – both unknown as to whom they are or their truthful need – is considered Godly Charity! Paul teaches us to be specific and direct in our giving: “…let’s do good to all men (directly), but specially unto those who are of the household of faith”, (directly and via the church), not using government as our treasurer.

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