9. Attitudes Toward Giving to and
Volunteering for Charitable Organizations
- Over the last five years, Americans
have become more selective in their
giving to charitable organizations.
- Half of Americans now believe
that giving one’s time to charitable
organizations is more important than
giving money. This is especially true
among young adults (ages 18 to 34).
- A strong relationship exists between
how much a person is involved in a
religious organization and how much
that person gives to and volunteers for
religious and other charities.
- Americans give their time and money
to non-profits that match their beliefs.
- People say the reasons they do not
volunteer is that they have not been
asked, or that they do not know how
to get involved.
- In 2009, 63.4 million Americans, or
26.8 percent of the adult population,
contributed 8.1 billion hours of
volunteer service, worth $169 billion,
using Independent Sector’s 2009
estimate of the dollar value of a
volunteer hour ($20.85).
- In 2009, 1.6 million more Americans
volunteered one million more hours of
service than in 2008.
- In 2009, 4.4 million teenagers (ages
16 to 19) dedicated 389.5 million
hours of service to communities across
- Americans give most of their
volunteer time to faith-based and
- Teenagers (ages 16 to 19) are most
likely to volunteer for education and
youth services organizations.
- In 2008, 78.2 percent of the
nation’s volunteers made a charitable
contribution or non-monetary donation
of $25 or more in value compared with
38.5 percent of non-volunteers.
- The number of charities and private
foundations registered with the
Internal Revenue Service increased
by 4.3 percent from 2008 to 2009,
reaching a total of more than
1.2 million, according to figures
released by the tax agency. The
percentage increase was slightly less
than the rate that had been reported
for the two previous years.
The Boy Scouts of America Environmental Scan 2011 is produced by the Innovation and Research Department of the BSA and updated annually. This material is copyrighted 2011 by Boy Scouts of America and is reproduced on Kids' Money with the permission of the BSA.
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