Sent: 28 December 2011 01:12
Subject: Getting More Than Giving, Update
December 27, 2011
Once again, we hope your holidays have been well-spent, but not over-spent. We told you a year ago the sorry state of charitible giving in 2009, and we can at least report a slight "uptick", for what it's worth.
Giving USA reports total charitable contributions from American individuals, corporations and foundations were an estimated $290.89 billion in 2010, up from a revised estimate of $280.30 billion for 2009. The 2010 estimate represents growth of 3.8 percent in current dollars and 2.1 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars.
But get this: Revised estimates show that 2008 and 2009 saw the largest drops in giving in more than 40 years as a result of the Great Recession!!!
Americans give over $300 billion to charities each year, but more to WALMART, with more than $400 billion year in revenue!!!!
You get the picture. But if you are not TOTALLY spent, please consider giving to the nonprofit of your choice. As important as the arts are, food, shelter and clothing come first- if you have dollars to give, I hope you will help a human services organization.
That said, if you can spare any change ('twas ever thus...), don't forget the musicians. Support live music, buy music directly from the artist when you can, and if you still have a few pennies left, we're right here, a 501(c)(3) organization, the only nonprofit we know of dedicated to supporting this "endangered" art form, doing what we can to "pick it up and carry it on...".
Our mission is now and has always been to get as much good music into your ears as we possibly can- we thank you for eleven years of support, and we look forward to putting more good music in your ears in 2012.
Happy New Year,
PS Our "Member MP3" library of almost 2000 songs is free and open to one and all, no registration or donation required, to help further our mission- check it out!
a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see, But believe it or not, you
won't find it so hot If you ain't got the do re mi" - Woody Guthrie
from the Recession: