Charities continued to feel the effects of the "Great Recession" during the first nine months of 2012, GuideStar's 11th economic survey shows. Asked how contributions between January and September 2012 compared to the same period last year, 37 percent of organizations reported a decrease, 28 percent stated contribution levels had stayed about the same, and 34 percent said they had increased.
As Chuck McLean, GuideStar's vice president, research, notes in the survey report, "Overall, the numbers for 2012 look very similar to the numbers for 2011, suggesting a nonprofit sector where things are not getting much better or much worse, at least from a financial perspective."
Other findings include:
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A survey of public charity and private foundation employees was conducted online from October 4, 2012, until October 19, 2012. The purposes of the survey were to compare how charitable organizations fared during the first nine months of 2012 to previous years and to try to gauge the effect of the economy on the U.S. nonprofit sector. There were 500 usable responses, 476 (95 percent) from public charities and 24 (5 percent) from private foundations.
Publication date: November 2012
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