People continue to give cash despite financial downturn

Donations to charities are holding steady despite the global economic downturn, the latest research from NCVO and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) suggests.

The average monthly donation from January to October 2002 was £11.86, which compares with the 2001 average of £12.12, according to a quarterly NOP interview survey, with a sample of 1,000 people.

"We are still enjoying the high levels of charitable giving that were recorded last year despite a faltering global economy but this is no time for complacency," said NCVO's chief executive Stuart Etherington. "As funding from the National Lottery continues to fall and stock markets falter, all UK charities must prepare for an uncertain financial future."

Although full results from the 2002 NOP survey will not be ready until next year, NCVO and CAF think established giving trends will be maintained.

Women give more than men, while people from higher social classes give more than people from lower ones.

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