A Guest Post by Kristie Price

People give—people who care, who see what’s happening in the world, and who understand that even the smallest bit counts.

They’re people who have been affected by the recession.
They’re people who give time when they have no money.
They’re people who give anyway. No excuses.

They’re people who are fiercely loyal supporters, who find creative ways to give, even when when money is scarce.

They’re you.

You give.

You count.

You are making change.

Giving a Little – Less is Still Something
When the economy slowed people’s giving did too. But did it stop? No. People had less, so they gave less. The studies say that you may give less because you have less, but you do not stop giving.

But you probably already knew that.

Giving USA, 2010 had this to say about individual giving:
  • As a general rule, the more information that is shared about giving, the more people give.
  • People give more when they are asked in person by someone they know.
  • Volunteering is up even if money is down.

Giving Time – The Mighty Volunteer

  • A total of 61.8 million Americans reported doing unpaid work through an organization in 2008, an increase of nearly 1 million from the previous year.
  • 19.9 million people worked with their neighbors to address a community problem in 2009.
  • In 2009 there was an increase in volunteering among young adults (people aged16–24) from 7.8 million to 8.2 million

It looks like mojo givers can really come together and get stuff done. Whether it’s time, money or information, everything you do to spread the word about important causes can truly make a difference.

More Info = More Giving

So, thank you for giving time, money, and information. The world could do with a little more of your good mojo floating around.

Information for this article was used with permission from Giving USA 2010. Giving USA is a public outreach initiative of Giving USA Foundation, which endeavors to advance philanthropy through research and education. Download a copy of the study on individual giving here.