Fifth Annual GuideStar Nonprofit Economic Survey Reveals Both Charitable Donations and Demand Up

Three-year trend continues
Release date: November 9, 2006
Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Va.—For the third consecutive year, the GuideStar nonprofit economic survey indicates that both support for charitable organizations and demand for their services is increasing.

GuideStar, the leading provider of nonprofit information, asked individuals associated with charitable organizations how their organizations fared financially during the first nine months of 2006 compared to the first nine months of 2005. Half reported that contributions had increased. Another 27 percent said contribution levels had stayed the same, 19 percent indicated a decrease, and 4 percent did not know.

The results were remarkably similar throughout the country and for nonprofits working in all subject areas. Participants from large nonprofits (annual expenditures of $500,000 or more) were most likely to report increased contributions.

Some 72 percent of respondents said that demand for their organization's services had grown. For the second year in a row, nonprofits in the Food/Agriculture/Nutrition category, such as food banks and organizations dedicated to farmland preservation, had the greatest proportion of participants reporting increased demand.

"We are pleased that support for nonprofits continues to increase," said Bob Ottenhoff, GuideStar's president and CEO. "Growing demand, however, is stretching many nonprofits' resources. We hope that donors will recognize the vital role that nonprofits play in everyone's life and be generous when they make their end-of-year donations."

About the Survey

Some 3,820 individuals representing at least 1,371 charitable organizations participated in the survey on-line between October 9 and 23, 2006. Survey results for a particular location can be requested. See the survey report >

About GuideStar

GuideStar, www.guidestar.org, connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.7 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector. In 2005, GuideStar users visited www.guidestar.org 7.6 million times to obtain nonprofit information.

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