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Charitable Giving in Mercer County, NJ

Who is Giving and Who is Getting? Charitable Giving in Mercer County, New Jersey

Meera Ananth, Natalia Campora, Jiamin He, Steve Malencheck, Ajay Mirmira

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Americans gave nearly $316.23 billion to charity in 2012.People donate for different reasons: to support schools and colleges, hospitals, and churches; to encourage scientific innovation through universities; and to foster social change through community-based organizations. We understand a good deal about why Americans donate, however, we lack an in-depth understanding of how the philanthropic sector operates. Specifically, we recognize much less about how our donations are used to further the causes we believe in. In this report, we attempt to shed light on the philanthropic sector in the United States.