In honor of Giving Tuesday, a new tradition that encourages giving instead of getting, Newzful presents 8 facts about nonprofits, philanthropy, charity and donating. Giving feels good. And research shows it feels even better than getting. Give these nonprofit facts the once-over…you might get something out of it. Plus, you can play Free Rice: have fun and donate at the same time…for Free!
STAMP OF APPROVAL: Bill Gross, PIMCO CIO, and his wife, have committed to giving away all their money before they die. Gross, whose personal worth is estimated at $2 billion, has endowed a foundation with nearly $300 million and raised money for other charities by selling parts of his stamp collection. (Source: Bloomberg) Tweet this Newz!
DIVINE INTERVENTION: Among Americans who claim a religious affiliation, 65% give to charity. Among those who do not identify a religious creed, 56% make charitable gifts. (Source: Philanthropy.com) Tweet this Newz!
‘TIS BETTER TO GIVE: Americans would rather give away a fortune (57%) than receive one (39%). And if they could give one away, they would rather do so anonymously (85%). (Source: Social Science Research Solutions) Tweet this Newz!
JUST BE-CAUSE: Popular causes behind giving include religious institutions (49%), health programs and disease research (46%), community programs (36%), children’s charities (31%) arts initiatives (28%), education programming (27%), and animal welfare (27%). (Source: BizTimes) Tweet this Newz!
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PET PROJECTS: You are twice as likely to see a message from one of your social network contacts promoting an animal charity as you are a human rights campaign. (Source: Bloomberg Businessweek) Tweet this Newz!
COUNTRY GIVING: Taylor Swift, 23, was the most charitable celebrity in 2012, according to the website DoSomething.org. The pop star works tirelessly to help young cancer victims. Swift also donated $4 million to the Country Hall of Fame Museum and became the youngest person to nab the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center. (Source: NY Daily News) Tweet this Newz!
MORE OR LESS: Middle-class Americans give a far bigger share of their discretionary income to charities than do the rich. Households that earn $50,000 to $75,000 give an average of 7.6% of their discretionary income to charity, compared with an average of 4.2% for people who make $100,000 or more. (Source: Philanthropy Journal) Tweet this Newz!
A TIME FOR GIVING: Wealthy Americans plan on contributing an average of 7% of their estates to charity in their wills. (Source: Biz Times) Tweet this Newz!