Key Point

Over half of individuals in our community give annually to a nonprofit, regardless of race/ethnicity or education level.

Let's Break It Down

In the Metro, 33% of residents have volunteered and 55% have given at least $25 to a local charity in the last 12 months.

Volunteering and giving at least $25 in the last year were consistently higher for people who are older and have a higher income. Volunteering and philanthropic giving is more common among individuals over the age of 30. Almost half of people who make more than $75,000 reported volunteering, compared to 23% of people who make less than $35,000.

The percentage of people who volunteer and give also went up as their educational attainment went up. However, almost half of all people living in the metro were giving at least $25 to a nonprofit, regardless of education level.

Philanthropic giving was also fairly consistent between people of different race/ethnicities. Around 50% of people who are White, Black and Hispanic/Latino had given at least $25 to a charity.

Why Does It Matter

Volunteering and philanthropic giving can indicate strong ownership and pride in a community, and help spur greater resident involvement in all areas of civic life.

Both activities are not only good for the vitality of a community, but have individual benefits for the person involved. National studies have linked volunteering with strong employment outcomes; one study found that people who volunteer are 27% more likely to land a job after being out of work than those who don't. Additionally, volunteering and giving can improve mental health, providing a sense of purpose and meaning for those who participate.

Unfortunately, data is showing that the nation's younger generations are volunteering less than before, which could lead to less community engagement between residents in the future. If this trend continues, our community and nonprofits may suffer. Millenials and Generation Z are more likely to support causes rather than organizations, so it will be important to consider new ways to engage younger volunteers through advocacy and activism.

How Do We Compare?

Omaha and Council Bluffs rates of giving and volunteering are higher than national averages.

When compared to our states as a whole, the Metro area has slightly higher rates of volunteering, but slightly lower rates of charitable giving.

Data Source: U.S. Census Current Population Survey- Volunteering & Civic Engagement Supplements. Data was provided by the National Conference on Citizenship.

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