Private US International Aid Giving Rose in 2009

U.S. private charitable contributions to international aid jumped 6.2 percent in 2009. Photo by: Vera Yu and David Li / CC BY 2.0 Vera Yu and David LiCC BY 2.0

U.S. private charitable contributions to international aid increased by 6.2 percent in 2009 despite a 3.6 percent dip in the overall U.S. private giving last year.

Giving to international aid, including for relief, public policy and development activities, reached USD8.89 billion in 2009, according to a study by Giving USA Foundation and Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy.

The amount represents 3 percent of the total USD303.75 billion charitable contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations in the U.S. in 2009.

Last year’s giving was down 3.6 percent from the USD315.08 billion in 2008, Giving USA Foundation says.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.