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Giving Grew in a Tumultuous Year but Not for All. What's Ahead in 2021?

Eden Stiffman and Michael Theis

June 15, 2021

PHILANTHROPY.com - The story of philanthropic giving in 2020 is as complex as the year itself, which saw a global pandemic upturn daily life, prolonged but uneven economic fallout, and renewed attention to civil rights and racial justice.

“Corporate giving is tough in an environment of uncertainty,” said Russell James, a professor of charitable financial planning at Texas Tech University who also sits on Giving USA's methodology committee. “In an environment of uncertainty, you get a lot more of ‘Well, we need to take care of our own people first.'”

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