Charitable giving grew by just 0.9 percent after inflation, and researchers say the slow recovery means contributions may not fully rebound until 2021.
Back From the Brink
Youth Speaks, a nonprofit that brings poetry and spoken-word performances into schools, realized teachers were the group's best cheerleaders.
The Mark Twain House and Museum slashed its staff and then put new money into programs and marketing that have helped steady its finances.
Whitman-Walker Health was able to bolster its finances by opening its doors to more people and getting rid of programs that other groups already offered.
Ideas That Work
Instead of asking businesses to underwrite a single program, allow companies to choose what mix of acknowledgments and other benefits they would like.
Kids Around the World, which builds playgrounds for impoverished children and families overseas, delivers food to fundraisers for packing events.
An international-relief group has reached out to nearly 800 people who have given through a donor’s fundraising site.
One college has dropped most telemarketing and direct-mail efforts to hire three entry-level fundraisers.
To replace corporate underwriting, Detroit Public Television created a department to find local organizations to help pay for and lend their expertise to new programs.
One of the nation’s oldest charities is trying to reach young donors through events styled after two popular television shows.
More from Giving USA
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Data from the Study
The ups and downs of giving by key sources of private donations and the progress they have made in returning to the levels achieved before the recession.
How donations to various types of nonprofits have made out as charities seek to return to the levels of giving before the recession started in 2007.
Previous 'Giving USA' Surveys
Other Reports About Giving and Fundraising
Donors Say They Would Give More If They Saw More Results
Young people are especially eager to give more but frustrated they aren't asked often enough, while other donors say they are asked too often.
75% of Young Adults Gave to Charity Last Year, Study Finds
A look at data from 6,500 people ages 20 to 35 shows that large numbers contribute and help raise money for good causes, but most make small gifts.
A Rebound for Donor-Advised Funds
Total assets are higher than before the recession, and the funds are now giving away so much, they rival big foundations.
Fundraising Outlook for 2012 Shows Mixed Signals
More than half of charities increased giving in 2011, a Chronicle study found, but nearly as many said donations declined or were flat.
A Stark Outlook for Fund Raising in 2012
Two surveys suggest that giving continues to be sluggish, but a third report shows that fund raisers are not daunted by the bad economic news.