Charitable Giving and the Great Recession (2012)

February 2013
The Russell Sage Foundation and The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality
Stanford University

The purpose of this brief was to find out whether the Great Recession (2008) has led to a scale back in generosity. Have Americans drawn inward and become self-interested in response to economic duress? There is little evidence of such an effect. Although total giving has predictably declined, Americans are still giving at high levels and at nearly the same proportion of total dollars as before. 

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  • Philanthropy stats & trends