What happens to charitable giving when the economy falters?

Will Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan quickly get money to charities?Peter Barreras/Invision/APAs the new coronavirus pandemic sends the economy into a tailspin, Patrick Rooney, an economist at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and Jon Bergdoll, a philanthropy statistician, explain what usually happens to giving during recessions.Do Americans give more to charity when more people are in need?No. Overall, for the last 64 years total giving has grown at an average annual rate of 3.3%adjusted for inflation. But the picture changes if you compare what’s happened when th…

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