Charitable Barometer of the Greater Capital Region
In collaboration with the Community Foundation of the Greater
Capital Region, the Center is conducting a study on charitable giving in the Greater
The purpose of the study - 2010 Charitable Barometer of the Greater Capital Region -
is to measure the climate for philanthropic giving in the community. Two surveys will
be conducted to gauge the perspectives of both charitable organizations and donors, their
sense of optimism/pessimism about charitable giving in the community, and their assessment
of the impact of the economic downturn on giving. Differences by gender in philanthropic
giving and in perceptions about the giving climate will be analyzed.
The National Center for Charitable Statistics database will be used to identify all
501 (c) 3 organizations in the following 10 counties representing the GCR: Fulton,
Saratoga, Washington, Montgomery, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Albany, Greene,
and Columbia. The organizations will be categorized into 8 different categories of
services using the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) system of categorization.
These categories are:
- Arts, Culture and the Humanities
- Environment and Animals
- Human Services
- International Foreign Affairs
- Public, Societal Benefit
A random sample of 364 organizations -
501(c)3 excluding private foundations - will be selected from the categories of
services identified above. Another random sample of donors from the Community
Foundation’s database will be selected. Two survey instruments will be used to
collect the data. Surveys will be mailed to participants who will also be provided
with an option to complete the survey online.
The study is sponsored by the
Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region.