Chronicle of Eliza Newlin Carney: The Civic Power of Charity | Chroniclers
Donations increased for nonprofits focused on human needs, racial inequalities, and environmental and animal organizations, but were dropped for arts, culture and the humanities groups. Almost half (47%) of nonprofits reported serving fewer people by the end of 2020.
Yet charities continue to demonstrate the power of Americans, both through charitable giving and volunteer hours, to help solve massive problems that there is little the government can do to solve.
From public health and poverty crises triggered by the pandemic to global warming and disaster relief, social justice, animal welfare and the arts, Americans are donating millions of dollars and billions of dollars. volunteer hours to help each other, often neighbor to neighbor. On GivingTuesday in 2021, volunteering was also up 11% from 2020, and donations of food, clothing and other goods were up 8%.
For Americans wondering where their charity money could go the most, there is no shortage of guides, lists and leaderboards. According to Forbes, the top three charities in the country are United Way Worldwide, Feeding America, and The Salvation Army. But there are literally millions of local and civic groups, hundreds of them with tiny budgets, working to help their communities.
A “how to help” guide offered by CNN provides an overview of the diverse world of nonprofits across the country, including the Broadway Cares and Actors Fund groups, which provide financial assistance to struggling artists. The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide 2021 featured a series of articles from opinion writers on their favorite charities. For those who wish to research charities on their own, Candid collects and disseminates comprehensive data on the nonprofit sector.