Charitable Giving Down in 2009

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported this week that giving to the 400 largest charities in the United States was down 11 percent overall in 2009, the worst drop in the two decades since the Chronicle began ranking its Philanthropy 400. Collectively, the 400 top charities raised over $68 billion last year, about $7 billion less than in 2008. Ten Catholic institutions made the top 400 this year, and many seemed to buck the downward trend. The only agency in the top 10 was Catholic Charities USA, which ranked third. It brought in $1.28 billion last year, a 66 percent increase over the prior year. Three other service agencies are in the 400. They are: Catholic Medical Mission Board (No. 52) with $279 million, up 35.5 percent; Catholic Relief Services (No. 67), with $240 million, up only 0.7 percent; and the Phoenix-based St. Mary’s Food Bank (No. 152), which raised $127 million, up 53.5 percent. Father Flanagan’s Boy’s Home in Nebraska (No. 160) brought in $121 million, up 130.8 percent.

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Although Ms. McCorvey was the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, she later became a pro-life activist.
Deciding whether or not to #deleteUber or to boycott Ivanka is a luxury most Americans cannot afford.
The EditorsFebruary 17, 2017
The love and healing to be found in prayer and meditation are available to all.
Nathan SchneiderFebruary 17, 2017
Summit participants learned about mental health awareness, suicide prevention and pastoral wellness.
Wyatt MasseyFebruary 17, 2017