Friday, August 28, 2009

Volunteering Down During Recession

It appears that cash donations are not the only thing that has been adversely affected by the recession.  This story in the Chronicle of Philanthropy notes that a recent study by the National Conference on Citizenship found that 72% of Americans say they have cut back on time spent volunteering or on other civic activities. The survey, however, also found that people were doing more informal, personal sorts of volunteer activity, such as giving food or money to a needy individual, or even allowing a non-family-member to stay in their homes.  The National Conference on Citizenship characterized the trend as "civic foreclosure" - people focusing on basic needs during the economic crisis.


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