39 Million Americans Donated Money to Help Others Pay COVID-Related Expenses in First Month of Pandemic

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One in five Americans (about 39 million) reported that they or someone in their household had contributed to a person or organization raising money for coronavirus-related expenses during the first month of the pandemic, according to a new AmeriSpeak® Spotlight on Health national survey from NORC at the University of Chicago.

The survey also found that, among those who donated, almost 77 percent (30 million) made direct contributions like check or cash payments to a person or organization. Another 17 percent (7 million) individuals made donations via online cash transfers through Venmo, CashApp, or Zelle. Six million people also donated through crowdfunding sites, such as GoFundMe, which enable individuals to raise funds from a large number of people.

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