When the world changes, does the way we give change, too? Does a crisis affect how much we give and to what?
Philanthropic organizations lack the authority and trillions of dollars government can use to respond to a public health emergency. But in times of crisis, philanthropic giving is crucial in immediate response efforts as well as ongoing relief - both before the government agencies have time to process their response and again later, when the after-effects of the crisis persist.
So does the philanthropic sector show up in times like this, when we're coping with a public health crisis, by giving more?
$600,000, increase in Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga's charitable disbursements from the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020
For historical context, let's take a look back to the economic recessions of 2001 and 2008.