Survey of Minnesotans' Charitable Giving Habits and Perceptions of Charitable Organizations

Survey of Minnesotans' Charitable Giving Habits and Perceptions of Charitable Organizations

Seven out of ten Minnesotans have at least a fair amount of confidence in charitable organizations, according to a new survey from the Charities Review Council. Funded in part by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the study, Survey of Minnesotans' Charitable Giving Habits and Perceptions of Charitable Organizations (25 pages, PDF), also found that 83 percent of Minnesotans believe that charities in the state are ethical. And while 58 percent of respondents said they thought charitable organizations wasted a great deal or fair amount of money, an even larger percentage said the same of businesses (68 percent) and government (79 percent). In addition, the survey found that 94 percent of Minnesota households donate something of value — money, time, property or stocks — to charity, with more than half giving at least 1 percent of their annual income to charities.