Wednesday, October 5, 2011

68% of American Donors Plan to Cut Back on Charitable Giving

I started out thinking that I was going to provide a variety of links to articles identifying how the states are solving their budget deficits.  These articles were all similar in nature and were published in local and national media outlets during the past 45 days.  But to keep things short, let's agree that the numbers of homeless school age kids have risen dramatically in the past 4 years.  Additionally, a vast majority of states completing their budgets will be making severe cuts to education and other social programs.  In other words, as the need rises the funding recedes.

Everybody knows that we need to get our fiscal house in order on national, local and personal platforms. We know that policy makers will need to make serious and painful decisions soon.  In our own homes, most of us have been doing that for years.  Live within your means, right?

There can be no surprise that as the economy has taken its toll on government revenues, government expenditures must also align themselves with available funding.  Less in means less out. 

So that leaves the helpless in our hands.  What are we, as a society, going to do?  Unemployment numbers suggest that individually, we are in the same situation as the government.  Living within our means creates the same situation - less in, less out.  So we have choices to make.  And they'll be difficult. 

While we try to balance our budgets, it might be important to consider the plight of others at the same time.  Having "extra" to give might seem like a remnant of the "good old days".  But let's consider the following.  According to, the effective purchasing power enjoyed in the United States exceeds that of 189 countries (out of 192).  157 countries currently experience purchasing power that is less than half of what we enjoy in this country and 128 countries see their rating as less than a quarter of the US in this category.

Maybe, just maybe, there is a little extra.

And, in case you'd like to take advantage of a "donation without cost", consider using Responsible Referrals to find your next agent.  Some organization serving homeless youth and families will be sincerely grateful! 

Please spend a minute to review The Dunham and Company August, 2011 Donor Report:
Dunham and Company Complete Survey
Dunham and Company Donor Giving Results in Graph Form
Dunham and Company Article "Two Thirds of Donors Plan to Cut Back on Giving Due to Economic Woes

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