Well, 2012 wasn't too terrible a year. That's according to the Blackbaud Charitable Giving Report for 2012 (PDF, registration required).
Giving last year was up 1.7% over 2011. That small growth was not evenly distributed:
- Large organizations grew by 0.3%
- Medium organizations grew 2.7%
- Small organizations grew 7.3%
Giving was also uneven by charity sector:
- Religious organizations were up 6.1%
- Healthcare down 3.4%
- International affairs down 4.7% (no large disasters)
On the other hand, online giving continued to significantly outpace overall giving. It grew 11% in 2012, and accounted for 7% of all donations in 2012, an increase over 2011.
The sectors making the most of online giving were healthcare and international: 14.2% of healthcare giving was online and 11.8% of international giving was online. This is a bright spot for the two sectors that more most down in overall giving. It shows they are well positioned for future growth as more and more giving migrates online.