So who in the world gives the most?
Getting a handle on comparative charitable giving on a country-by-country basis is tricky. Varying definitions and tax structures cloud the issue.
A study by the Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project at Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies shows the percentage of nonprofit revenue from private giving in selected countries:
United Kingdom 29
United States 27
Why does the US figure above seem low, given that individuals chipped in more than 75 percent of the country's charitable contributions last year? (See chart, page 18.)
Monetary contributions received by nonprofits - the $190 billion cited in this section - are just a portion of nonprofit revenue. The percentages from Johns Hopkins also factors in funding from government, fees for services (tuition at nonprofit schools, for example), as well as the value of volunteer labor.
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