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Table 34: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2005 Cash Contributions for Charitable Giving by Age

Who gives the most cash contributions to charitable causes?
In 2005, people in the 65-74 years age bracket gave the most dollars to charitable contributions. The people in the 75 years and older age bracket gave the highest portion of income.

How much did young people give?
People in the Under 25 years bracket gave less than one percent of their after-tax incomes, that is, 0.7%.

What charitable contributions category did young people give to?
Those in the Under 25 age bracket gave 0.62% of their after-tax income to “churches, religious organizations.” That represents about 87% of the 0.7% of after-tax income that this age bracket gave to charity.

Are there trends in giving as people age?
The percent of after-tax income cash contributions for charitable giving increased in each age bracket.

Do people in different age brackets contribute to different charitable categories?
Giving to the category of “church, religious organizations” was highest, compared to other contributions categories, in every age bracket, whether measured in dollars or as a portion of after-tax income.

Giving to the category of “church, religious organizations” increased as a portion of after-tax income as age increased.

Giving to the category of “educational institutions” was highest compared to other age brackets, in the 75 years and older bracket.

Giving to the category of “charities and other organizations” was highest in the 65-74 years age bracket. The portion of income given to “charities and other organizations” by those in the 75 years and older cohort was only slightly less than those in the 65-74 years bracket.


Table 34: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey,
2005 Cash Contributions for Charitable Giving by Age

Item All
consumer
units
Under
25
years
25-34
years
35-44
years
45-54
years
55-64
years
65-74
years
75 years
and older
Number of consumer units
(in thousands)
117,356 8,543 19,635 23,835 24,393 18,104 11,505 11,342
Consumer unit characteristics:
Income after taxes $56,304 $27,120 $53,257 $69,619 $71,442 $61,068 $43,976 $27,924
Average Annual Expenditures
Cash Contributions
Cash contributions to:
   charities and other organizations $200.26 $23.22 $116.56 $169.56 $254.59 $256.30 $335.72 $199.33
   church, religious organizations 706.81 167.52 423.95 759.15 834.90 883.91 927.64 710.56
   educational institutions 37.46 1.53 15.42 31.06 50.37 56.69 31.09 64.09
Gifts to non-CU members of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds 34.18 0.18 59.43 4.76 38.08 61.98 8.89 50.77
Total (calculated) $978.71 $192.45 $615.36 $964.53 $1,177.94 $1,258.88 $1,303.34 $1,024.75
Calculated:
% of Income after Taxes

Cash contributions to:
   charities and other organizations 0.36% 0.09% 0.22% 0.24% 0.36% 0.42% 0.76% 0.71%
   church, religious organizations 1.26% 0.62% 0.80% 1.09% 1.17% 1.45% 2.11% 2.54%
   educational institutions 0.07% 0.01% 0.03% 0.04% 0.07% 0.09% 0.07% 0.23%
Gifts to non-CU members of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds 0.06% 0.00% 0.11% 0.01% 0.05% 0.10% 0.02% 0.18%
Total 1.7% 0.7% 1.2% 1.4% 1.6% 2.1% 3.0% 3.7%

Details in the above table may not compute to the numbers shown due to rounding.
Source: empty tomb, inc. 2007 analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2005


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