Survey: Charitable Giving Remains Steady - Newsroom - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick: "INDIANAPOLIS—Nonprofit fundraisers are reporting a fairly stable fundraising climate that is slightly less positive than six months ago, but slightly more positive than one year ago, according to the Philanthropic Giving Index (PGI) released today by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Fundraisers’ overall optimism about the climate for giving in the United States increased 1.6 percent over this time last year, but was down 1.4 percent from the Summer of 2006. Fundraisers for public benefit, environmental and international nonprofits and those working in human services organizations reported slightly less optimism than those from other types of organizations."
PGI survey participants are chosen to represent a cross-section of nonprofits nationwide in terms of geographic region, annual revenue size and type of organization. The survey was mailed to 403 nonprofit development executives and fundraising consultants. Of those, 168 fundraisers and consultants responded, for an overall response rate of 42 percent. The survey was sponsored in part by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.