That quote is from Mark Twain.
GuideStar, an organization that helps people verify nonprofit organizations' legitimacy, has done a survey of nonprofit organizations. They say that the economy's impact on charitable giving is NOT exaggerated.
They reported that 35% of nonprofit participants said that contributions had decreased in October of 2008, while 64% said that the demand for their services had increased.
Of course, increased demand for charitable services and decreased charitable giving don't go well together. Organizations in the survey said that demand is up for the sixth year in a row. Organizations like IAAE depend on your charitable giving. And in tight economic times, the need for advocacy services will continue to increase. The last time GuideStar recorded this kind of data was in the fall of 2003. Weren't we seeing some market instability five years ago?
The more things change, the more they stay the same!