How Americans View Charities: A Report on Charitable Confidence

Light, P.C.
Brookings Institution Governance Studies Issue Paper, April

Public confidence in charities is key in guaranteeing a vibrant future for treating and solving the world's most important problems. Public confidence affects charitable giving and volunteering, employee recruitment, and gives charities the freedom to dedicate resources toward their most important programs and capacity-building priorities. Unfortunately, public confidence in charities remains at contemporary lows.

A March 2008 survey conducted on behalf of the Organizational Performance Initiative at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service shows four patterns that should  worry charitable organizations and sector leaders.

Wagner Faculty