Overall Giving Down 3.8 Percent in October, Online Giving Up 1.1 Percent, Index Shows

The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving, a fundraising index that reports giving trends of 2,984 U.S.-based nonprofits representing $7.8 billion in yearly giving on a monthly basis, reported that charitable giving decreased 3.8 percent for the three months ending October 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving, based on actual revenue data from 1,961 nonprofits representing $371 million in yearly online giving, reported that online giving rose 1.1 percent for the same period in 2012 compared to 2011.

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