Survey Shows Slight Increase in Giving to Nonprofits

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A survey of 2,350 organizations was recently conducted by six leading nonprofit organizations (Foundation Center, GuideStar, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Blackbaud, the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics, and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University).

The survey indicates a slight increase in giving to nonprofits this year over last:

  • 36% saw donations increase in the first nine months of 2010, compared to only 23% in the same period in 2009
  • 37% saw a drop in giving; down from 51% last year
  • Foundation granting remains lower or flat and cautious
  • Drops were mainly the result of ‘fewer and smaller individual donations’

The survey also shows a large increase in demand for services:

  • 78% increase for human service organizations
  • 68% increase for nonprofits in general

Other key findings:

  • In four of eight subsectors, the share of organizations reporting an increase in contributions was about the same as the share reporting a decrease: arts, education, environment/animals, and human services
  • International organizations were the most likely to report an increase in contributions, reflecting donations made for disaster relief
  • In three subsectors — health, public-society benefit, and religion — a larger share of the organizations reported declines than reported increases
  • The larger an organization's annual expenditures, the more likely it reported an increase in charitable receipts in the first nine months of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009
  • Most organizations were guardedly optimistic about 2011: 47% plan budget increases; 33% expect to maintain their current level of expenditures; 20% anticipate a lower budget for 2011

“For the first time in two years, there is cause for cautious optimism about the nonprofit sector in this economy,” according to GuideStar’s Ottenhoff.

How are donations and demands comparing at your nonprofit? What do you see and hear in the greater Kalamazoo area this year compared to a year and two years ago? Let us know.

Download the entire survey results PDF


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Posted by Bobbe Luce at 11/29/2010 12:38:33 PM | 

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