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For 2006 (the most recent year for statistics), individuals who itemized deductions reported $52.6 billion in noncash donations (up 14.1% over the prior year). The largest type of noncash donations was corporate stock (49.1%), followed by clothing (13.4%) and household items (8.2%). Donations of mutual fund shares increased by 44.2%.
Summer 2009 Statistics of Income Bulletin (www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/09sumbulindcontri06.pdf)View all factoids