Giving to charities was up 2.7 percent in 2016, according to Giving USA 2017, an annual report on philanthropy. Giving by individuals was up by nearly 4 percent.
A third of all giving went to religious causes, which received an estimated $122.94 billion in contributions, according to Giving USA.
“This report tells us that Americans remained generous in 2016, despite it being a year punctuated by economic and political uncertainty,” says Aggie Sweeney, chair of Giving USA Foundation, in a statement.
“We saw growth in every major sector, indicating the resilience of philanthropy and diverse motivations of donors.”