Guest Blogger: Ashley Green, Executive Director of Central Florida
According to the The World Giving Index 2016, the percentage of Americans who gave to charity rose from 61% last year to 64% this year. That means that more than 16.9 million people were giving than in previous years. As a direct result, the US is among the top most generous individual donors in the world, following Myanmar who has held the title for three years running.
As the Charities Aid Foundation reported in this year’s World Giving Index, the U.S. was the only nation to rank in the top 10 for each of the three charitable giving behaviors that are measured. It leads in “helping strangers,” jointly ranks fifth with three other countries in “volunteering time” and places ninth in “donating money.”
Just how generous are Americans? According to the National Philanthropic Trust, 95.4 percent of households donate to charities, with each contributing an annual average of $2,974. In 2015 alone, Americans gave more than $335 billion, 72 percent of which came directly from individuals. Of course, being charitable isn’t all about donating money to the needy. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nearly 63 million people volunteered with an organization at least once between September 2014 and September 2015.
In the spirit of inspiring even more Americans to increase their charitable giving this holiday season, the Lakeland Sunrise aKtion Club participated in the “Adopt an Angel” project through the Salvation Army. Funds for the gifts were raised by aKtion Club Members via a Pancake Breakfast on November 30, 2016. All the proceeds were used to buy everything on the angel wish list. Thanks to the generosity of Sunrise self-advocates, Christmas morning will be bright for children in Lakeland!
We are very proud of our aKtion club for their hard work, warm hearts, and dedication to our community!