Category: Research & Reports

Mr. Kurtz c. 2014

I care more than you do: Trash-dwelling Burmese migrants are the casualties when various nonprofit organizations argue over turf. “When he came to Thailand seven years ago, [Fred] Stockwell’s community-based organization, Eyes to Burma, was the only one serving the roughly 400 migrant squatters settled on the mountain of trash.… MORE >>

Friday diversion

If you’d like to see how your state stacks up, the Providence Journal made an interactive U.S. map showing “giving rate” for middle class in every state.… MORE >>

Good news up north

In MN, “strong signs” that charitable giving has returned to “pre-recession levels”: 2014 is fourth year in a row that giving has grown. “Nonprofits take heart: There are strong signs, according to a statewide study released Thursday, that charitable giving across Minnesota is making a slow, steady climb to pre-recession levels.… MORE >>

The 48th state ranks 45th

Arizona ranks close to the bottom when it comes to charitable giving and volunteerism– but that’s partly because it’s poorer than other states. “It may be the season for people to give.… MORE >>

Philanthropic stratification?

Charitable giving in the U.S. is “back on track” after recession, but there are concerns that recent “surge” is attributable “almost exclusively” to wealthier Americans. “Before the Great Recession, donations from the affluent and ultrarich (those with a net worth of $1 million or more) accounted for almost exactly half of total giving, and were evenly balanced by everyone else in the form of millions of small donations, according to John Havens, associate director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College.… MORE >>

What a nutshell

Charitable-giving sex divide: Canadian study says men “just want to write a check and move on,” whereas women prefer to build relationship with an organization. “Canadian women have different motivations and strategies for charitable giving than men do, according to a research paper by Investor Economics and TD.… MORE >>

U.S. barely cracks top 10

When it comes to percentage of the population who gives to charity, U.S. ranks 9th; 68% of Americans gave this year, compared to Myanmar’s 91%. “The United States climbed into the top 10 on an annual ranking of the countries with the most charitable people but still lags behind smaller and poorer nations like Myanmar, Malta, and Thailand.… MORE >>

Good news up north

Bank of Montreal poll shows charitable giving in Canada is up 8 percent from last year (albeit based on self-reported data). “A new poll says charitable giving by Canadians remains on the rise and is expected to increase yet again next year.… MORE >>

MI county sees 12% increase

MI’s Kent County– home to Grand Rapids — registered 12% increase in charitable giving over one year, with “bulk of the increase” in foundation money. “Charitable giving in Kent County jumped 12 percent in 2012, an increase that experts attributed to an improving economy, according to a new report by Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy.… MORE >>

“A geographic shift”

The London Independent buries lede: Real revelation is perceived “geographic shift,” and that British are getting “prouder to say they do [philanthropy]”. “The Philanthropy Workshop, founded in 2000, trains 24 people each year.… MORE >>

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