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  • railbird

    My donations have increased the last year or so, but I'm not rich, just an individual family person, so I don't even know how they know how many dollars I give to many different charities in smaller amounts. Our medical bills don't even amount to enough to itemize them, so our donations don't either. We just take standard deductions.

  • Publius2k

    "Una Osili, a dean and economics professor at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, says the school's research shows that the percentage of U.S. households making charitable donations has declined steadily in recent years, from about 67 percent in 2000 to 56.6 percent in 2015 — the latest year for which data is available."

    That isn't really surprising to me. Since the government insists on using tax dollars to fund select private non-profits and compete with private charities, my belief is that more and more people don't see the point of making charitable contributions AND having to pay taxes.

  • mwing

    This has way more to do with the new tax law for 2018. Since most middle-class people won't be itemizing their deductions for 2018 forward and receiving just the standard deduction, many took advantage of the charitable giving in 2017 (along with donor advised funds...).