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Giving Innovation Summit: Are Fewer People Giving to Charity, or Are They Just Giving Differently?

June 28, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Analysis of recent data has suggested that the proportion of Americans donating to charity has been declining in recent decades. While researchers have sought to determine the decline’s causes, many within the charitable giving sector have also begun to ask whether the decline should be more properly understood as a rechanneling, as some givers have moved away from donating to tax-exempt nonprofits and toward making direct contributions through other channels, such as crowdfunding, person-to-person giving, and mutual aid networks.

Join the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy for a virtual Giving Innovation Summit on these issues with leading researchers and practitioners. We will examine evidence of the decline in certain forms of charitable participation and explore its potential causes. We will also ask how the evidence might prompt us to reconsider how we track forms of generosity, and how it might spark fresh thinking on the motivations for and challenges involved in measuring giving.


  • Tené Traylor, incoming Vice President, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute

Why Giving Matters

  • Ann Mei Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Candid
  • Asim Khwaja, Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University
  • Terence Lester, Founder and Executive Director, Love Beyond Walls
  • Faith Mitchell, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)

Exploring the Decline in Charitable Participation

  • Caroline Lee, Professor of Sociology, and Faculty Director, Landis Center for Community Engagement, Lafayette College
  • Elizabeth Lynn, Project Director, Shifting Ground, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Jonathan Meer, Mary Julia and George R. Jordan, Jr. Professor of Public Policy, Texas A&M University
  • Benjamin Soskis, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute (moderator)

Has There Been a Decline or a Rechanneling of Giving?

  • Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Alix Guerrier, Chief Executive Officer, DonorsChoose
  • Tyesha Maddox, Assistant Professor, Fordham University
  • Laura Tomasko, Policy Program Manager, Urban Institute (moderator)


  • Benjamin Soskis, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Mj8e6SY3SoimC0-iSxQMBw?&utm_source=urban_events&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nyc-Employee-Ownership&utm_term=met


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