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Philanthropy and Volunteerism

Philanthropy and Volunteerism

Giving Time

  • While trends in volunteering vary slightly by county, they have remained consistently between 40% and 50% since 2002. After decreasing from 2006 to 2008, reported volunteering was relatively consistent between 2008 and 2010.
  • Note: CTSIP recently included Burnet County in its survey and research scope, so data preceding 2008 is unavailable.
Giving Time

Survey Question: Over the last 2 months, how many hours altogether did you spend volunteering — either to help people in need or to improve the quality of life in your community?

Giving Money

  • In 2010, monetary donations continued to be more common than volunteering in every county. Financial contributions continued to increase from 2008 to 2010 in each county other than Travis, which saw a considerable drop.
Giving Money

Survey Question: Thinking about the total amount you have given to charitable programs or organizations over the course of the last year, would you say you have given …

Giving More

  • Since 2004, the percent of people giving higher dollar amounts has increased. This may have been spurred by the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 2003 report that ranked Austin 48th out of the 50 largest American cities in per capita giving.
Giving More

Survey Question: Thinking about the total amount you have given to charitable programs or organizations over the course of the last year, would you say you have given …

Volunteering by Age

  • The frequency of volunteering varies significantly by the age of the volunteer.
  • While more than 40% of Central Texans ages 18 to 24 volunteer at least once every few months, just over half as many ages 25 to 34 volunteer this often.
  • More than 20% of respondents over 55 years of age volunteer at least once or twice a week.
Volunteer by Age

Survey Question: How often do you serve as a volunteer for charitable programs or organizations?

Influences on Giving

  • Many different things help influence someone to contribute money to a charitable cause. In 2010, nearly 50% of respondents didn’t associate with any of our survey choices, and influence from all categories decreased. Of the given choices, friends and family was the leading influence.
Influences on Giving

Survey Question: In the last year, have you made a charitable contribution after learning about an issue or need from any of the following?

CURRENT STATE

Contributing money is increasing steadily, while volunteering time declined over the last survey period.

IDEAL STATE

Central Texans are engaged in their communities and participate in civic processes.

CONTEXT

Many aspects of community and the incremental steps toward sustainability rely on individual commitments of time, money, and influence.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES

Perception of Philanthropy as “Very Important”

Recent Philanthropy by Length of Residence

Percentage of Income to Charitable Giving