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(RNS) Charitable giving is trickling back up as the economy heals, but it could take years to return to pre-recession levels, nonprofit leaders say. Giving totaled $291 billion in 2010, according to the 2011 annual report by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. That’s up 3.8 percent from 2009 and follows two consecutive years […] Read More

(RNS) The recession was a double-barrel blow to American congregations: directly hurting their budgets while also stretching them thin due to increased needs for counseling, emergency housing and other social services. But the worst seems to be over, according to a report released Thursday (April 21) that found that one in 10 have begun to […] Read More

When the Going Gets Tough

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on October 17, 2010.                             Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4: An article in the latest issue of The Christian Century is entitled “No Shows.” It seems that, since 2001, there has been more than just an economic recession; there is a recession […] Read More

(RNS) Within a short drive from her suburban New York home, Lisa Sharp has her pick of synagogues. But she is not interested in spending thousands of dollars to join a congregation, and in recent years, she has opted against paying to attend holiday worship services. Sharp understands that synagogues have bills to pay, too, […] Read More

Have you heard the latest buzz? Some writers and commentators are now calling the recession a “he-cession.”   The new word, coined somewhere out on the blogosphere, incites fear and trembling in the masses because now the recession is actually affecting, well, men. Times Online ran a headline: “Women are victors in ‘mancession.'” Women may […] Read More

Nearly one in five Americans, or 18 percent, was laid off during the 2000-2003 recession, according to a new study. And not only are workers losing their jobs, but their employers are not providing them with adequate resources in the in-between times. Two-thirds of workers laid off in the last three years received no severance […] Read More

Despite a recession and the terrorist crisis, Americans gave an estimated $212 billion to charity in 2001, according to a recent report by the American Association of Fundraising Counsel Trust for Philanthropy. The study, Giving USA, reported that the 2001 giving total is a 0.5 percent increase over the $210.89 billion given in 2000. Adjusted […] Read More