• Description

The year 2020 was one of the most impactful years for our contemporary global society. In what is considered one of the most severe public health crises since the 1918 flu pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic affected every country worldwide and shut down many of the world's largest economies, including the United States. In the United States, the effects of the pandemic were compounded by the heightened national awareness about racial and social injustices and inequalities. The combined effects of these economic, political, and social shifts affected every sector, including the nonprofit sector. The economic shocks from the global COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted normal giving patterns in ways that we do not yet fully understand.

The goal of The Giving Environment report series is to provide data and analysis to better understand the causes and implications of the decline in donor participation shortly before the significant societal changes that took place in the United States in 2020, while also exploring the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the movements for social and racial justice on individual giving decisions moving forward.