The Giving USA Foundation (GUSA Foundation) was founded in 1985 and is considered to be "the gold standard' when it comes to identifying trends and determining charitable giving data within the US. Their mission is to advance the research, education and public understanding of philanthropy. In June 2009 the GUSA Foundation released its findings for calendar year 2008 and said that educational donations were down 9% from 2007.
With respect to the giving picture for 2009, to no ones surprise, the GUSA Foundation reported that benefactors are depending on donations while the US economy sees both continued stressors and faint signs of recovery.
A few recent news articles can be read below.