Donor Participation

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  Donor Trust Report

Donor Trust Report 2023


The Donor Trust Report 2023: Donor Preferences Across Household Income Brackets offers a 6-year view of public trust for different charity categories; donor trust signals and giving preferences as reported by survey participants; and a look at how participants from different household income groups vary in their donor trust outlook. The report is based on a survey conducted during December 2022 of more than 2,100 adults in the United States (and a separate section for more than 1,000 adults in Canada). Our results show that, for the first time since December 2017, religious organizations are not the most highly trusted charity category. The report also shows that household income shapes how people think and feel about giving. Ultimately, the Donor Trust Report series aims to shed light on the dynamic relationship between donors and charities, with the goal of strengthening their bond. The ability of the sector to build upon donors’ generosity depends on public trust and on the sector’s alignment with the way people want to be engaged in advancing a greater good.

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Special Report: Donor Participation

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In the Special Donor Trust Report: Donor Participation, we ask participants to identify whether, over the past 5 years, they had been engaged with charities and, if so, whether they stopped, decreased, maintained, or increased their donations to charities. Our goal is to gain insight into why some donors disengage with charities and explore possible ways to encourage greater participation moving forward.

Our findings show that 59% of people with household income above $70k who stopped giving to charities over the past five years agree with the statement “there are people out there with significantly more money who should give to charity instead of me.” Finances aside, participants say they stopped contributing because they preferred other ways of being generous, did not trust the soliciting charity, or did not feel like they had been asked. Notably, 77% of Boomers who stopped donating said they could not afford to, compared to only 27% of Gen Zers. On the other hand, 45% of Gen Zers who stopped contributing said they did not feel like they had been asked, compared to only 4% of Boomers.

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Special Report: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

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The Special Donor Trust Report: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion explores (1) whether donors value DEI in charities; (2) whether DEI is a meaningful consideration in the giving process; and (3) how different demographic groups (including age, race, sexual orientation, and religious identity) differ in their preferences.

Our findings show that 2 in 5 people (41%) say they would not donate to a charity they supported in the past upon learning that the charity tolerates discrimination. By comparison, 34% would not donate to charities using culturally insensitive images and language, and 17% would not donate upon learning the charity’s board is not diverse. Our survey also shows that younger respondents, people of color, and LGBTQ+ participants are more likely to report hearing about a specific charity having a lack of DEI and to report positive associations related to a charity having a diverse, equitable, and inclusive board and staff.  These results are based on an electronic survey of more than 2,100 adults across the United States and more than 1,000 adults in Canada conducted during December 2021.

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