A Call to Everyday Givers: Maximize Your Impact by Giving in Community – Ms. Magazine – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Collective giving is democratizing and diversifying not only who is giving funding, but who is receiving it.

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Members of the HERitage Giving Fund, group of Black women in Dallas, Texas, serving Black women-led organizations supporting Black women and girls. (Courtesy of HERitage Giving Fund)

During the first part of this pandemic, when many were getting by on less, Americans came together to support one another with unprecedented acts of generosity and solidarity, including increasing donations to nonprofit organizations. Giving in 2020 increased by an estimated 5.2 percent, compared to 2019, and we expect the trend to continue when the final tally comes in for 2021. This is especially good news, as it reverses a decades-long decline in giving by ‘everyday’ donors, where less than half of U.S. households donated to charity in 2018—down from two-thirds in 2000.

While much of 2020’s increase came from larger-scale gifts from wealthier donors, small to medium-size donors increased their giving during the pandemic, as well. In particular, individuals who participated in collective giving —joining together in coordinated philanthropy action—saw a particular increase during the pandemic. Through giving circles—groups of people who pool donations and decide together where to allocate their money—and collective giving moments like Giving Tuesday, communal giving is growing in strength and popularity, particularly in the wake of COVID-19. This is good news for the diversity and democracy of American charitabl


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