Building confidence – Highest since 1985

Charities are gaining confidence among Americans, a new report says.

Sixty-two percent of people responding to a survey by Independent Sector, a membership and advocacy group, believe charities are more effective than they were five years ago.

That’s the highest confidence level since Independent Sector began tracking the issue in 1985.

Among respondents, the survey – which included 2,553 and has a sampling error of plus or minus 2 percent — also found:

76 percent agree charities play a big role in making communities better places to live.

69 percent agree charities play an important role in speaking out on key issues.

32 percent believe charities waste their use of donated funds, down from 39 percent in 1994.

63 percent believe local charities make better use of donations than national charities, compared to 18 percent who believe the opposite.

61 percent are confident in religious institutions, up from 44 percent in 1999.

45 percent are confident in federated charitable appeals, up from 31 percent in 1992.

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