Karen Knapstein
October 2, 2013

The 90%


If you’re an American between the ages of 8 and 19, give yourself a pat on the back. Take a minute for a slow clap. High five the person sitting next to you.

Because according to a new UN report (in conjunction with Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy), you deserve it. The report found that 90% of young people give to charity. Nine of ten young people — that’s practically everyone! — spend some of their time or money helping other people. It’s remarkable, and it’s great news for the future.

Some other fun facts from the study include the tidbit that girls and boys are equally as charitable (hooray!) and that students who have parents who discuss giving back with them are 20% more likely to dive in and lend a hand.

While all these stats are really just fantastic, we know you’ve got some real-life volunteer stories to share in the comments — or even better — upload a video telling us what you’ve been up to. And if you’re looking for a fresh way to get started, you know what to do. Check out our Impact section now!


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5 comments on “The 90%

  1. Kinzi

    This is crazy, you never really realize what a different you can make just by doing little things to help others out.

  2. Morgan

    I proudly admit that ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to give back to my community. Ironically, my parents never really talk about giving back or suggest I should. On fact, I have my own recycling bins in my room that I fill up myself and my mom takes me to dump them in the public recycling bins.

  3. paul

    To be honest i`ve always wanted to help my community and give back to the community just haven’t thought of a way to do what i wanted to do yet.please send me some ideas and ill get started on the one i thinks the best.


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