Charitable Contributions and Volunteering in Central Pennsylvania

Charitable Contributions and Volunteering in Central Pennsylvania
November 2015
Category: Business

Non-profits and charities have become a huge part of our society today. Few people realize just how large of an impact they have on our economy through the services they provide, the amount of money that flows through the organizations, and the people they employ. As of this year, there are an estimated 1.5 million non-profit organizations registered in the United States including public charities, private foundations, and other types of non-profits. In 2014, the U.S. population gave more than $358 billion to charities which was a 7.1% increase over 2013. 2014 also set the record for total dollars donated, surpassing the previous record-setting year which was 2007 with $355.17 billion.
In the nine counties that make up Central Pennsylvania (Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York Counties), there are over 1,400 different non-profit organizations that employ over 121,000 individuals (that is approximately 10.4% of the total workforce in the region). Much like the national statistics, 2014 was a record breaking year for the total dollars contributed to charities, coming in at $1.95 billion (a 7.5% increase over 2013). The numbers projected for charitable giving in 2015 in the region fall just shy of 2014 at $1.94 billion, but is still an impressive number when one considers the following breakdowns:
  • Average donations per month - $161,487,400
  • Average donations per day - $5.3 million
  • Average donations per adult - $1,056

The chart above displays the total amount of cash charitable contributions of individuals who live in the Central Pennsylvania region by year between 2008 to 2014, as well as the projected amount for 2015. The amount of monetary contributions decreased during the years of the Great Recession as expected, but has since then recovered. There was a 22.9% increase in the dollar amount donated from 2012 to 2013 and another 7.5% increase from 2013 to 2014, making 2014 a record-high year.

The heat map of the Central Pennsylvania region above displays the projected 2015 cash contributions to charities broken out by zip codes. Areas that are shaded with darker colors represent larger amounts of contributions, while lighter shaded areas represent lower amounts of contributions.

what type of organizations do central pennsylvanians contribute to?
The following chart is a break down of the types of non-profit organizations Central Pennsylvanians contribute to. The largest segment in these groupings are religious organizations which make up almost 40% of all contributions by individuals in the region.

additional charitable contributions and volunteering highlights
  • 287,000 individuals in Central Pennsylvania have volunteered for a charitable organization in the past 12 months
  • 81,400 individuals in the region are actual members of a charitable organization
  • In the past 12 months, 304,800 people have engaged in fundraising activities
  • 34.6% of adults in the region are likely to buy brands that support charities

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