The number of Scottish people donating to charity in the
last six months has dropped from 79% in April 08 - before
the full felt force of the economic downturn - to 71% in
April 09, according to new data out today.
Scottish males and the middle-aged (35-64 year olds) seem
to have fronted the slump.
These latest findings come from not for profit sector think
tank nfpSynergy’s Scottish Charity Engagement Monitor
(SCEM), which surveyed a representative sample of over 1000
16 plus year old Scots.
The survey found men north of the border – numbers
claiming to have given in the last 6 months slumped a full
10 percentage points from over three quarters (76%, April
2008) to just two thirds (66%, April 2009) – compared
with numbers of their female compatriots so claiming dipping
7 percentage points (82%, April 2008; 75%, April 2009).
And middle-aged Scots – traditionally among the most
likely donors – have been especially thrifty, in terms
of numbers claiming to have given in the last 6 months.
nfpSynergy’s researcher, Jonathan Baker, said: “Our
new research provides tangible evidence of the impact of
the economic downturn on charitable giving in Scotland -
with a significant overall year-on-year 8 percentage point
dip in numbers claiming to have donated in the last 6 months,
as the full felt force of the recession has made people
"Anxiety appears especially acute amongst the middle
aged – doubtless over jobs, homes and pensions - so
charities may need to re-engage with this age group as the
economy improves. Encouragingly, the dip in giving does
at least seem to have flattened out over the last 6 months.”