Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving Reports 12.1 Percent Increase in Overall Giving
The data show that donations for the smaller organizations bottomed out in July of 2009, remained roughly flat throughout the second half of 2009, and turned upward starting in January 2010. Donations to large organizations may have reached bottom in December 2009, but it is hard to tell which part of the large upturn in March was due to Haiti versus general improvement in ongoing donations, especially since donations declined in April.
Roger Craver, editor-in-chief of The Agitator and founder of DonorTrends, provided guest analysis of the Index in a report that accompanied the release. “Blackbaud’s Index of Charitable Giving carries some fascinating news,” he said. “In short, all sizes of nonprofits are now emerging from the recession, but smaller organizations are recovering faster.”
Craver believes that since smaller organizations tend to be ‘local’ in nature and therefore delivering on meeting community needs like hunger, housing, and other human services, that donors focus more on them in tough times.
Thus, giving to small organization increases and leads this group out of the recession. On the contrary, he continues in the report that as a general rule, large organizations have a far broader and deeper range of income sources, and that explains why giving to this group declined slower and rebound is also happening a bit slower than small organizations, although they lead the rolling 3-month YOY revenue change in April.
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