Almost 90 per cent of public plan to donate despite downturn

By Daniel Lombard, Third Sector Online, 4 April 2012

Steven Dilworth

Steven Dilworth

Donors remain committed through theses tough times, says Stephen Dilworth of Foresters

The vast majority of people still plan to give money to charity in 2012 despite the ongoing economic downturn, a survey has found.

The poll of 2,000 UK adults shows that 89 per cent plan to donate this year; 90 per cent of those who were polled also said they gave in 2011.

By age group, the most generous respondents were those aged over 65, who gave an average of £121 in 2011, followed by people aged 51-65 (£108), 31-40 (£67) and 41-50 (£66). The lowest total was given by the 21-30 age group (£47).

Medical charities were the most popular cause, chosen by 59 per cent of those surveyed, followed by children’s charities (44 per cent), those dealing with local community issues (38 per cent) and animal charities (37 per cent).

Foresters, a financial services organisation, commissioned the survey.

Stephen Dilworth, UK membership director of Foresters, said: "It appears that even though 2012 is likely to be a tough year financially for many, people are still committed to supporting the causes they care about, which is excellent news for the numerous UK charities."

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