There is so much information at our fingertips; I find it hard to set up the best filters to keep from being overwhelmed. I have to admit, one of my favorite sources of quick, yet often profound information is the Harper’s Index. If you are not familiar with it, I recommend checking it out… as well as each monthly issue.
The tidbits are usually all over the board, but some are interesting to know and can be quite useful in our work. They help to expand our understanding of the world, human behavior, economic rationality and irrationality and the general environment that may affect fundraising.
Source: Harvard University
Percentage of Americans who would allow “churches and other houses of worship” to seek federal funds for charitable work: 75% Source:The Pew Research Center
Source: Harper’s research
Rank of Detroit among major U.S. cities whose residents give the largest portion of their income to charity: 1st Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Average percentage by which an article of clothing that has been donated is overvalued for tax purposes : 600% Source: IRS
100% Source: Harper’s research
Amount that Bear, Stearns’ chairman donated to a New York hospital in 1998 to sponsor Viagra for the poor: $1,000,000 Source: Harper’s research
Increase since 2009 in the number of people over the age of 55 who are working : 3,710,000 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Rank of “attire” among the leading reasons “millennials” are unsuccessful in job interviews : #1 Source: Adecco Staffing (N.Y.C.)
Percentage increase since 1982 in the portion of U.S. college students with a “problematic” level of narcissism: 60% Source: Jean Twenge, San Diego State University
Percentage of the Bush tax cuts made permanent by the “fiscal cliff” compromise: 82% … Portion of American households that will have a higher tax rate in 2013 as a result of the deal : 75% Source: Harper’s research
Portion of U.S. doctors who say they would discourage an aspirant from joining the profession : 9/10 Source: The Doctors Company (Napa, Calif.)
Percentage change since 1997 in the number of U.S. businesses with no employees : +47% Source: The Urban Institute
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Source: Pew Research Center
Percentage of U.S. counties in which the proportion of racial minorities has grown since 2010: 94% Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Amount Americans spent last year on UNICEF donations to trick-or-treaters: $3,731,057 Source: UNICEF
Source: National Retail Federation
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