Nov 23, 2020

Question of the Day: What percent of Americans donated time or money in the past year?

Answer: 73% donated money and 58% donated time


  • Have you ever volunteered time or donated money in the past year?  
    • What did you do?
    • How did the experience make you feel?
  • Why do you think people feel good after donating time or money even if they know they’re not going to receive anything in return?
  • What are some ways you can be charitable in your town or city?

Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Behind the numbers (Gallup Poll)

At a time when more Americans are in need of assistance but fewer are in a financial position to be able to provide it, Gallup finds a new low in the percentage of Americans reporting they donated money to charity. Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults say they donated money to a charitable organization in the past year, surpassing the prior low from the Great Recession era. The percentage who say they have volunteered time to a charity is down from prior years, but not the lowest it has been.


Did you know that NGPF has a Philanthropy mini-unit. You can find it here






About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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