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Gift Contributions to Reduce Debt Held by the Public

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service may accept gifts donated to the United States Government to reduce debt held by the public. Acting for the Secretary of the Treasury, Fiscal Service may accept a gift of:

  • Money, only on the condition that it be used to reduce debt held by the public.
  • An outstanding government obligation, only on the condition that the obligation be cashed and the proceeds used to reduce debt held by the public.
  • Other intangible personal property only on the condition that the property is sold and the proceeds used to reduce the public debt.

Gifts to reduce debt held by the public may be inter vivos (from a living person) gifts or testamentary bequests (in a person's will).

The fiscal year to date information includes total gifts received for the months of October through September. Monthly data is not available for the years 1996 and 1997.

Read about how to make a contribution to reduce the debt.

Gift Contributions
Fiscal Year to Date Totals
2019 $34,976.01
2018 $775,654.63
2017 $2,611,428.24
2016 $2,718,154.76
2015 $3,864,661.38
2014 $5,103,452.84
2013 $1,763,754.56
2012 $7,749,618.27
2011 $3,277,369.23
2010 $2,840,466.75
2009 3,063,057.05
2008 2,189,358.89
2007 2,624,862.42
2006 1,646,209.41
2005 1,455,541.65
2004 664,911.25
2003 1,277,423.40
2002 744,675.06
2001 1,645,082.28
2000 1,868,891.93
1999 1,457,510.59
1998 1,535,541.02
1997 955,897.15
1996 1,985,175.10

Gifts to Reduce Debt Held by the Public have been reported in the footnotes of the Monthly Statement of the Public Debt since February 1988. Visit the MSPD to view historical information on the debt including fiscal year to date tables through and including 1987.