The United States is not lacking when it comes to charitable organizations and non-profit groups. In fact, the number of organizations of this kind in the U.S. is staggering. This is supported by recent information provided by Grantspace.org,
"According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S. This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues."
As a nation, our overall charitable giving is impressive. As a whole, we give more than most nations in the world, both domestically and internationally. While our total giving tended to drop a bit during and right after the recent recession, those numbers are back up and still rising.
According to data from Charity Navigator,
Charitable giving continued its upward trend in 2017, as an estimated $410.02 billion was given to charitable causes. For the third year in a row, total giving reached record levels. This increase and the overall size of charitable contributions is further testament to the integral role charities play in our society, a role which continues to grow.
How much do we give?
- Total giving to charitable organizations was $410.02 billion in 2017 (2.1% of GDP). This is an increase of 5.2% in current dollars and 3.0% in inflation-adjusted dollars from 2016.
- Giving has increased in current dollars every year since 1977, with the exception of three years that saw declines: 1987, 2008 and 2009.
- The average year-to-year change in total giving between 1977 and 2017 was an increase of $8.94 billion (in current dollars), making the current-dollar change in total giving between 2016 and 2017 much larger than the 40-year average.
- Prior to the 40-year period 1977–2017, total giving was consistently at or above 2.0% of GDP. It fell below 2.0% throughout most of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Total giving as a percentage of GDP rose to 2.0% and above through most of the 2000s, but then dropped to 1.9% in the years 2009 to 2011. Total giving as a percentage of GDP was 2.1% for four of the five years, 2013–2017.
So, Who is Giving?
The majority of giving comes from individuals, as it has for decades now. According to Charity Navigator, individuals gave $286.65 billion, which accounted for 70 percent of all giving and was 3 percent greater than 2016.
Corporations only accounted for about 5 percent of total donations, but their total amount was greater by 8 percent in 2017 at $20.77 billion.
As a society we have much to be thankful for and much to be proud of in terms of our generosity. As Charity Navigator notes,
"Historically, donations from individuals account for over two-thirds of all donations. If you add in gifts from bequests, then the category accounts for nearly 80% of all giving. In other words, the donating public, not big foundations or corporations, is responsible for the vast majority of annual donations."
What About Donations Like Used Furniture?
The IRS refers to these types of donations as "non-cash donations" and, as with money, Americans are quite generous with these, too. One example of a non-cash donation, of course, is furniture. This can be anything from kitchen tables and chairs to sofas, recliners and coffee tables. While bed frames and headboards are great, mattresses are often rejected.
Donating old furniture, however, doesn't mean dumping broken or unusable items. In other words, non-profit groups are not in the market for clothing, furniture and other items that are irreparable or can't be restored. Old furniture in that condition should be handled by a junk hauling firm, but not donated.
But even perfectly usable items might not be good prospects for donations. Not everything that is unwanted should be donated. There are some simple questions to ask yourself before hauling that old piece of unwanted furniture down to your local thrift shop or Goodwill store.
Courtesy of www.charitynavigator.org
Everyone needs furniture. Whether it's an office, homeless shelter, group home, free health clinic, or some other type of charitable or non-profit entity, furniture is a necessity. And there is more than enough out there.
For example, it has been estimated that Americans spend and average of more than $120 billion on new furniture every year. And new furniture usually means that the "old" furniture needs to be gotten rid of. Unfortunately, this also means that an inordinate amount of otherwise useful furniture ends up being tossed out.
In fact, discarded old furniture is responsible for about 5 percent of the total household waste that is produced each year in the United States. This is roughly equivalent to more than 12,000,000 tons of furniture annually. And much of that waste is comprised of otherwise perfectly usable items.
So, we understand that donating your old furniture is not only helpful for many charitable organizations and the people they serve, but it is also helpful in reducing the amount of waste generated in our country each year.
After asking yourself the four questions, you can determine the various items you can safely donate. However, once you've done that you may find that you still have a number of items that still need to be gotten rid of. So, what do you do with them?
Well, that's where hiring a professional and reliable junk hauling firm makes the most sense.
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