A Look at Charitable Giving in the US- Thoughts on the results of this research survey?

30 Nov

Razoo Infographic: A Look at Charitable Giving in the US

November 26th, 2012 by Christian Brink

As we enter the season of giving, Razoo has partnered with Harris Interactive to conduct an online survey that looks at the charitable giving behavior of Americans.

As it turns out, more than 9 in 10 U.S. adults have donated to others (94%)! Doing so is actually one of the top three “feel good” activities behind being in love (56%) and hugging your children (48%), but ahead of eating gourmet meals (27%) and working out at the gym (24%).

Check out the infographic below to see how Americans give!


In general, Americans have positive feelings about charitable giving and believe they are making a difference. However, some feel frustrated, wishing they could give more.

  • A majority (60%) of those who have ever donated to those in need feel hope in that they are making a difference
  • Nearly half of U.S. adults (48%) feel satisfied after donating
  • Just under half of U.S. adults (43%) feel good about themselves after donating
  • Over a quarter of U.S. adults (28%) feel excited after donating
  • Some U.S. adults (17%) feel frustrated because they wish they could give more
  • A small group (6%) of U.S. adults feel guilty that they have what others do not

The survey also reported that most Americans believe there are causes they can relate to, and that they’re more likely to donate as a result.

  • Almost all (98%) U.S. adults think there are causes that people can relate to and in turn make them more likely to donate to
  • A majority of U.S. adults (67%) think people relate especially to child welfare causes
  • Nearly half of U.S. adults (49%) think people relate especially to animal causes
  • Over half of U.S. adults who have ever donated to those in need feel that their giving truly will make a difference, with women (65%) feeling even more so than men (54%)


For more information, read the full press release here.


Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “A Look at Charitable Giving in the US- Thoughts on the results of this research survey?

  1. countrygirl895

    December 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    The numbers given surprised me when I saw how many Americans have donated to a needy cause. That was until I realized they didn’t qualify what constitutes as “giving”. Does that include dropping a penny in a musicians open guitar case on a street corner in NYC or buying a cheeseburger for a homeless man who hasn’t had food in three days? To me, these aren’t giving instances, but rather obvious opportunities to do something miniscule that shouldn’t even be debated. Giving to a charitable donation makes sense, but I wonder if the people in this survey tweaked their answers to include small acts of kindness that everyone should participate in. It said that the majority of people feel good when giving, so of course someone might over estimate for a survey their donations. I like that such a high percentage of Americans do donate, but I am a bit skeptical if the results are really what they seem.

    • safona

      December 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      those numbers are pretty high. But, then I thought that in almost everyone’s life, they have given someething at some point in time in thier whole life. I believe that giving is giving. There are certainly LEVELS of giving, but giving is giving. It is not mandated, but offered. For example, if a weallthy woman gives $300,000.00 away to someone….and a different woman (retired and widowed) with very limited financial resources gives $5 to an organization that HER GIFT is trivialized, and not counted as a ‘real’ gift? To the contrary, I think that how ‘sacrificial’ your gift is the most weighty measure we can have on giving.

  2. flapjack92

    December 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    The results were fairly surprising to me also! I’m not sure how accurate I see this being though, at the bottom of the banner, it says that they surveyed some 2,059 adults in an online survey. With that small of a scope of people representing the ENTIRE country, it seems kind of misleading to me. There are millions of people within the United States, and roughly 2,000 people claimed that they donated isn’t enough to sway me. On the other hand though, I’d like to see that these results really are this high and that America isn’t as cheap and vain as we make ourselves seem sometimes.

  3. maverick41

    December 14, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I am just as shocked as everyone else. I had no idea that our country was that giving. To be honest, I thought our country would actually pretty terrible in regards to being charitable! But now that I think about it, many of American citizens are very fortunate compared to those suffering around the world. Accepting that is likely the reason we have such a high giving rate. That and it does in fact make us “feel good”. Helping others generally make us feel better about ourselves simply based on the fact that we are all humans. Sometimes we feel obligated to help others when we know we are more fortunate. In my opinion, amount doesn’t really matter. Donating money to a cause is a sacrifice in itself. Especially if you are among those who do not have as high of an income as others. Gotta admit, even reading this article makes me feel a bit good about myself just for being a part of this country. Keep it up America! :p

  4. baconftwlolz

    December 14, 2012 at 1:33 am

    These are indeed some striking numbers to be sure. Some of them are less suprising than others but all are a bit higher than I had thought. My question though is how did this study monitor these donations and were they repeat donations over a period of time? Because I think at some point or another everyone has done atleast a few charitable things but I would like to see how many follow up with consistant donations or who volunteers for a particular cause. Not saying that the occasional donations dont count because they most certainly do im just curious how many charitable donations were given more out of ego than actual good will. My guess is less than good will but I would still say that these numbers would decrease.


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