A new poll by the consulting firm Dunham+Company shows that 71% of Americans expect to give as much or more to charitable causes in 2020 as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic.
What’s more, the poll shows that politically conservative donors are more likely to continue giving through the pandemic than politically liberal donors (32% to 24%).
“Boomers” (those born between 1946 and 1964) and weekly churchgoers also are more likely to continue giving, the poll showed, although many said they will “give more carefully” than before. Of those who plan to give less, most cite an uncertain economy as the reason.
Here at the Mackinac Center, we’re grateful for the support that our donors have shown during this challenging year, because the need to defend our liberties is greater than ever. We appreciate and share your belief that free markets and limited government are the key to greater opportunity for all.
With your partnership, we’ve been able to research and advance public policies that will help our state and nation emerge even stronger from the COVID-19 challenge. These policies will cut government red tape for job creators, eliminate unnecessary government spending, help workers exercise free choice on union membership and give students more ways to learn.
Thank you for the investment in this work that you have made or plan to make in 2020.
You also expect us to use your investment wisely. That’s why, early in the pandemic, the Mackinac Center took steps to keep pursuing our mission safely and effectively.
We shifted to remote operations for nearly all of our employees, implemented safety protocols for staff members who need to be in the office, reduced spending and switched to virtual platforms for meetings and events.
Because of these measures and your support, we continue to be Michigan’s most effective voice for free-market principles, even in a time of unprecedented government overreach. And our voice is growing stronger. The number of supporters who have made a gift to the Mackinac Center so far this year is up by 27% compared to a year ago, and more than 500 first-time contributors have joined our family of donors, amplifying our collective reach.
Your commitment to the cause of freedom is greatly appreciated. If you would like to talk more about ways to support the Mackinac Center, either through an immediate gift, monthly support, or a planned legacy gift, please don’t hesitate to call 989-631-0900 and ask to speak to an Advancement representative.
The poll by Dunham+Company is available at https://perma.cc/ 9F75-HKA6.