According to research conducted during the closing months of 2010, the economy continues to have an impact on charitable giving. The research, conducted by Harris Interactive, reveals a mixed message. While some negative influences and attitudes continue to be present, most of the U.S. population wants to participate in charitable giving, and economic progress is encouraging that participation. In brief summary: While Americans continue to tighten their financial belts, they also find ways to give.
These results suggest continuing caution among non-profits that depend heavily on charitable contributions, but also provide some cause for confidence moving forward. Churches may feel reasonably confident in increasing budgets over recent annual average giving. Christian mission works may be able to tap some of that continuing generosity, but will have to provide meaningful reasons for giving, based on the belt-tightening and inward-focus that churches have gone through over the last couple of years.
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