2017: Americans’ most generous year ever

Americans gave a massive $410 billion to charities and nonprofits in 2017, the highest amount on record, says a new report.

Chart depicting American giving in 2017 (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)
(State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

The report, published in June 2018 by Giving USA Foundation, tallies charitable donations from American individuals, estates, foundations and corporations in a single year.

Chart depicting giving by individuals and foundations (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)
(State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

“Americans’ record-breaking charitable giving in 2017 demonstrates that … our commitment to philanthropy is solid,” said Aggie Sweeney, chair of Giving USA Foundation. “Contributions went up nearly across the board, signaling that Americans seem to be giving according to their beliefs and interests, which are diverse and wide-ranging.”