Donations to charities are down - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Donations to charities are down

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A new ranking of the nation's 400 largest charities shows donations dropped 11 percent in 2009, the worst decline in 20 years.

The nation's biggest charity, the United Way, is also hurting.

Directors at the River Region United Way say charities in our area saw declines across the board.

Officials say that because of this economic and work place environment, giving has been down the past few years.

Overall, there's some good news. The decline in our area is less severe than the national rankings.

Locally, the United Way saw a 3 to a 3.5 percent decrease compared to the 4.5 percent drop nationally.

The charity is what they call a pass through organization because when they receive donations, they pass it on to the 48 charitable agencies under them.

This decline is felt among 130,000 people.

Workers say they're are doing everything they can to reverse the trend through fundraising campaigns.

They credit the giving spirit of folks this area for helping us fair better than the national trend.

"I've been with the United Way as a volunteer for 35 years before I came here and this area, the River Region, historically gives when others don't... Or gives when others decline in giving. This area just has that mentality to give back and help those in need," said River Region United Way .

The River Region United Way is in the middle of their big fundraising campaign.

Many of your companies may be taking up donations.

Mr. Dunman says that it's going well so far. He says they're optimistic that they will meet the goal this year.

If you want more information about the River Region United Way and their 48 agencies, give them a call at 264-7318.

Copyright 2010 WSFA. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • South Korea says US drills suspended to aid talks with North

    South Korea says US drills suspended to aid talks with North

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:50 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:50:33 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:55 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:55:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). A photo showing U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is displayed as a member of People's Democratic Party stands to oppose military exercises between the United States and South Korea near the U.S....(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). A photo showing U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is displayed as a member of People's Democratic Party stands to oppose military exercises between the United States and South Korea near the U.S....

    South Korea says a joint military exercise scheduled with the U.S. has been suspended to support ongoing talks both countries have with North Korea.

    More >>

    South Korea says a joint military exercise scheduled with the U.S. has been suspended to support ongoing talks both countries have with North Korea.

    More >>
  • Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy

    Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:10:31 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:55 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:55:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2018. Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Tr...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2018. Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Tr...

    Calls are mounting for President Trump to end family separations at the border ahead of a meeting with House Republicans.

    More >>

    Calls are mounting for President Trump to end family separations at the border ahead of a meeting with House Republicans.

    More >>
  • 'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:20:32 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:55 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:55:03 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their...More >>
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.More >>
Powered by Frankly