Poll: Arts Philanthropy in 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

With the holiday season around the corner, many Americans are planning their charitable giving. One new study conducted by Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy finds that household giving to the arts among rich Americans has risen slightly, from an average of $4,958 in 2007 to $5,531 in 2009. However, that amount is down sharply from 2005, when the average wealthy household gave $17,498 inflation-adjusted dollars.

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Harry from Brooklyn, NY

It's a stretch, but I give enough ($100) to get discounts and freebies from Carnegie Hall. More modest gifts merit an invitation to the NYPL Christmas Party, and guest tickets at the Met Museum and MoMA.. It's becoming more and more difficult to make meaningful contributions with modest means,

Nov. 11 2010 04:36 AM
Sharron Eisenthal from New York City

We'll probably give a bit less this year since our monthly expenses of graduate school tuition and support for our kids has taken up more of our income, leaving less discretionary spending for support of arts and culture. I can't imagine that we're alone here - so many members of my cohort have children in their 20's who are still in school, studying for credentials in their field and not yet self-sufficient....mine are in medical school and art history. We hope that when they finish, they will take up the responsibility of funding for arts and humanitarian aid that we have always supported and considered important.

Nov. 10 2010 10:58 PM

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