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The Giving USA Foundation reported that Americans gave $390 billion to charity in 2016 — and giving by individuals was especially high, at $282 billion.

While the wealthy account for a large share of giving, Giving USA said there were large numbers of smaller donations from less-wealthy donors. Giving in all major categories increased, including religion, education, human services, health and the arts and culture.

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