Charitable giving is up!

posted by Kelly Nash - 

While it sometimes may feel like everyone is out for themselves, it turns out a lot of people are doing their part to help others, and for many that means dipping into their wallets and donating money to important charitable organizations.

According to a new report from Charleston SC's own Blackbaud on charitable giving,, about $23-billion came in in fundraising revenue for U.S. based charities last year, with overall giving up 1% in 2016. Meanwhile online giving increased 7.9%, with online donations making up 7.2% of all fundraising efforts in 2016. And a lot of people were motivated to donate for #GivingTuesday, with online donations up 20% on that day from the previous years, with 17% of those donations made via mobile devices.

As for where that money’s going, K-12 education and arts and culture sectors saw the biggest increases, while the healthcare sector saw the biggest drop, a decrease of 4.5%.

Interestingly, while more money is coming in, there isn’t necessarily more people doing the giving. The report finds that over the past five years, despite the increase in charitable donations, there are fewer donors than before.

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