The holidays and year-end tax considerations make this the season of giving. And there are indications Americans will be more generous than ever.
In 2015, Americans donated a record $373.25 billion in charitable contributions, up a little more than 4 percent from the year before, according to Giving USA, the most reliable chronicler of philanthropy.
More than 7 in 10 donations were made by individuals, and about 15 percent came from foundations; corporations and bequests accounted for the rest. A little less than a third went to religious entities, with about 15 percent for education. Services for the poor, such as food banks, homeless shelters and legal assistance, got a little less than 12 percent.
Looking beyond this year, there is a divide about where giving is headed, particularly because of recent political changes.