Surprise! Survey says charitable giving fell in 2008

Posted on: June 11, 2009

On Wednesday (6/10), David Crary of the Associated Press reported, “Charitable giving by Americans fell by 2 percent in 2008 as the recession took root, only the second year-to-year decline in more than a half-century, according to an authoritative annual survey released Wednesday. Particularly hard hit were social-service charities, which suffered a 12.7 percent drop in donations at a time when most of them were reporting increased demand for their services. … The Giving USA Foundation, which has conducted the survey since 1956, expressed relief that the 2008 decrease was not worse, given that many Americans lost more than 2 percent of their wealth during the year. … According to the report, total giving in 2008 was $307.65 billion, down from a record $314.07 billion in 2007. Two-thirds of public charities experienced decreases—among the few sectors to improve were religious and international affairs organizations. … Arts/culture/humanities organizations received $12.79 billion, down 6.4 percent.”

Posted June 11, 2009