Navigation Links
American Red Cross Survey Finds 62 Percent of Americans Plan to Donate More Than $25 to Charity This Holiday Season in Spite of Economic Downturn
Date:11/30/2009

Red Cross offers online giving catalog to help families make charitable gifts in the name of others

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In spite of the economic downturn, Americans are entering this holiday season willing to support charities in two ways, with 62 percent planning to dig deep into their own wallets to support charities and nearly 40 percent talking with others about donating to charity instead of buying them a gift, according to a new survey for the American Red Cross.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO)

The survey shows that nearly 90 percent of Americans planned to donate to charity this holiday season. Half of those making donations plan to donate at least $50 to charity this holiday season, with 25 percent intending to give more than $100.

Importantly, the survey shows that in addition to making their own donations, 39 percent of people are willing to forego another holiday gift and have that money given to charities instead. Moreover, 80 percent said that if asked, they would be happy to make a donation to charity instead of buying a gift for someone.

And with many people shopping online this holiday season, the Red Cross is making it easier to give charitable gifts through an online "Gifts that Save the Day" catalog that enables people to make a tax-deductable charitable gift this holiday season. The catalog, at www.redcross.org/gifts, allows people to make a donation that could provide food and shelter for a disaster victim for a day; a military comfort kit with a robe, phone card and other supplies for a wounded warrior; or a month of basic necessities for a family in another country who lost everything in a disaster.

"In this season of hope, the Red Cross is asking people to give a gift that can really save the day for someone in need," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. "Shoppers doing their online gift-buying on Cyber Monday or at other times this holiday season can make a donation to the Red Cross in the name of someone special."

Gifts made through the catalog are contributions towards a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item. The donations will be used to provide assistance where it is needed most within the program area; remaining money is put to use where it is needed most.

Women Most Often Involved in Family Decisions on Charitable Donations

Women have a great deal of influence over charitable giving decisions in the home. Ninety percent of the women surveyed indicated that they are involved in decisions about which charities to support, compared to 81 percent of men. More than one in five (22 percent) said that they involved children in determining charitable donations.

Popular charities for holiday giving this year include those that help the poor (83 percent); help service members (58 percent); help people with a specific disease (55 percent); and that assist disaster victims (51 percent).

In addition, people are supporting charities during the holiday season with more than money, donating clothing, time and even blood. The survey found that 84 percent planned to donate used clothing or household items; 75 percent would contribute food to a food bank; 39 percent planned to volunteer for a charity; and 22 percent said they would donate blood during the holiday season.

The telephone survey of 1,001 U.S. adults 18 years and older was conducted November 5-8, 2009 by CARAVAN(R) Opinion Research Corporation. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

SOURCE American Red Cross


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Red Cross
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. American Association for Homecare Endorses New U.S. Senate Bill, the Prevent Health Care Fraud Act of 2009
2. Bank of America Charitable Foundation Presents $1 Million Contribution to Feeding America in an Effort to Help Connect Low-Income Americans With Federal Nutrition Programs
3. American Diversified Holdings Corporation Announces New Website
4. US Farms, Inc. Receives American Vegetarian Association Certification Approval for Aloe365(TM) Juice Product
5. American Scientific Resources Inc. Issues Corporate Update
6. American Dental Association Petitions FDA to Classify, Regulate Tooth-Whitening Products
7. Holidays Bring Stress, Pains to Many; American Chiropractic Association Offers 12 Days of Health and Wellness for a Healthy, Happy Season
8. Tarkett Sports' Indoor Division Grows as Warthan Associates Join North American Distribution Network
9. American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Opposes Cosmetic Surgery Tax
10. National Poll Confirms Americans Support Curbs on Malpractice Lawsuits
11. Great American Smokeout 09: Time to Quit
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... While it’s often important to take certain medications ... from Austin, Texas, has identified a solution. , She developed a prototype for MOTION ... As such, it eliminates the need to turn on a light when taking medication ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the ... a national organization of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel ... also provides a forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out many ... event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting kids ... of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about having ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: ... “America On The Brink” is the creation of published author, William Nowers. ... As a WWII veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ), ... of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad provides ... while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... Israel and NEW YORK , Sept. 27, ... with mobile health and big data solutions, today announced that its MyDario ... Please check your local TV listings for when The Dr. Oz Show ... ... season this month. ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a ... design, and immune-engineering today announced the launch of ... development of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has ... exclusive access to enabling technologies to the new ... will lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ROCKVILLE, Md. , Sept. 22, 2017  As ... by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and ... Kalorama Information notes that the medical device industry is ... the medical device tax, the 2.3% excise tax on ... Act.  But they also want covered patients, increased visits ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: