More than half of nonprofits say their donations increased during the first nine months of the year, but seven in 10 say demand for their services also rose.
The results are part of the third annual nonprofit economic survey conducted by GuideStar, a nonprofit that gathers and disseminates information about charities.
While the increase in donations was seen throughout the U.S. and across focus areas, the study shows that nonprofits with annual expenditures of $20 million or more are most likely to report an increase in contributions.
It also shows that nonprofits in the employment/job-related and youth development fields were most likely to report an increase in demand for their services.
After several hard years for nonprofits, the reported increase in donations is welcome news, GuideStar says, heralding an improvement for the sector.
The full report will be available December 2.