Giving in Oregon

Oregonians gave 2.4 percent of their income to charity in 2003, up from 2.3 percent the previous year, but the state’s nonprofits reported a 2.2 percent drop in donations, a new report says.

The study, “2005 Report on Philanthropy,” is the 9th such study published by the Oregon Community Foundation and is based on tax returns and surveys of businesses, nonprofits and government groups.

The drop in donations to nonprofits, totaling about $21 million, could be due to a 3.2 percent increase in 2002 in the number of Oregon nonprofits, which grew from 9,211 to 9,508, the study says.

Educational groups took the biggest hit, with gifts down 22 percent in 2002, a loss of about $66 million.

The number of foundations in Oregon also grew, from 1,105 to 1,135 in 2003, the study says, granting a total of about $200 million each year, but assets fell by 16 percent during the same period

The number of volunteers in Oregon has increased, but the amount of time spent on volunteer activities has decreased, the study says.

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