Americans donated $484.85 billion to charity in 2021, a 4% increase over 2020’s record amount. Adjusted for inflation, however, the growth was a relatively flat -0.7%. For the fourth year in a row, contributions by individuals comprised less than 70% of the total amount. “Megagifts” of $450 million or more comprised about 5% of the nearly $327 billion given by individuals.

Giving by Source, 2021 (in billions) Total $484.85. Individuals: $326.87, 67% of total; Foundations $90.88, 19% of total; Bequests $46.01, 9% of total; Corporations $21.08, 4% of total.
Source: Giving USA, 2022 (total may not equal 100% due to rounding)

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