October 5, 2015

Poll Rates Public Confidence in Charities, Their Programs, and Spending

Almost two-thirds of Americans have a great deal or fair amount of confidence in charities, according to a new Chronicle poll — the first to measure public views on that question since 2008.

More than 80 percent said charities do a very good or somewhat good job helping people. But a significant number expressed concern about their finances: A third said charities don’t spend money wisely, especially on administrative costs, and 41 percent said leaders are paid too much. Half said that when it came to deciding what nonprofits they would support, it was very important that charities spend a low amount on salaries, administration, and fundraising; 34 percent said that was somewhat important.

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