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U.S. Volunteering in the Aftermath of the Great Recession: Were African Americans a Significant Factor?

Department of Social Work, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, USA
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Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(2), 22;
Received: 4 January 2016 / Revised: 25 April 2016 / Accepted: 9 May 2016 / Published: 20 May 2016
The Great Recession weakened U.S. families’ abilities to make charitable gifts. Although African Americans are generally especially hard hit by these types of economic crises, they have a long and distinctive history of volunteerism and mutual assistance. Consequently, the purpose of this study is to examine African American volunteering in nonprofit organizations in the aftermath of the 2008–2009 recession. Specifically, we examined race as well as other factors with the potential to influence volunteering in four categories of organizations: poverty organizations, senior service agencies, social action groups, and religious affiliated organizations. Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) data, this secondary analysis produced significant findings regarding volunteerism among African Americans in these community-based organizations. View Full-Text
Keywords: volunteerism; philanthropy; race; African American; poverty volunteerism; philanthropy; race; African American; poverty
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Carter, V.B.; Marx, J.D. U.S. Volunteering in the Aftermath of the Great Recession: Were African Americans a Significant Factor? Soc. Sci. 2016, 5, 22.

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