'Crisis of giving' hits charities
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Over-60s have for many years donated more to charity than under-30s, but the study for the Charities Aid Foundation found that the gap has widened "sharply" over the past 30 years.
In 1980, 29% of over-60s gave to charity, against 23% of under-30s, the report by Professor Sarah Smith of Bristol University found. But 30 years later, the number of over-60s who said they had given to charity in the previous fortnight had risen to 32%, compared to just 16% of under-30s.
The CAF called for action to ensure that young people think about giving. Young people should be encouraged to take work experience and volunteer for charities, including by becoming trustees, said the Foundation.
Giving should be a part of the national curriculum and there should be reform to payroll donations to create a stronger culture of workplace giving.
The CAF called for the creation of a national online Gift Aid registration scheme, as well as the introduction of US-style "living legacies" helping people to give to charity during their lifetimes rather than in their wills.
CAF chief executive John Low said: "The generosity of Britain's older generation continues to be remarkable - and many charities today depend heavily on their support. The worrying fact is that people from Generation X and Generation Y are simply not giving to the same extent.
"We fear that charities will face a damaging donation deficit when people of the older generations pass away. That would severely hit the funding of charities, and their ability to deliver vital services on which so many people rely. This must be addressed now if charities are to survive and thrive.
"We need clear steps to be taken in order to build up the culture of giving among younger people, to ensure that Britain continues to support the causes we all care about in the decades to come."
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