With the big holiday shopping days out of the way, here comes Giving Tuesday. Chances are, some of the money donated will support schools. After religion, the most popular charitable cause in this country is education. Here are some notable numbers in education philanthropy:
The amount Americans donated to education last year, according to the Giving USA Foundation. Adjusted for inflation, that’s 7.4 percent more than in 2012.
The portion of wealthy donors that supported educational causes last year, according to the 2014 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy—larger than the percentage that gave to any other cause.
The size of a record gift to Harvard University’s School of Public Health, donated by the family of alumnus Gerald Chan.
The increase in charitable giving to colleges and universities in 2013, which rose to almost $34 billion, according to the Council for Aid to Education.
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