Americans starting to donate more

A recent report shows that people are giving more to non-profits across the country and in Franklin Country right here in Massachusetts!

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More and more Americans are deciding to donate.

According to the Giving USA Foundation, Americans are giving more money to charitable organizations now than they did right before the recession in 2007. Americans gave about $358-billion to charity organizations in 2014. That’s about 47-billion dollars more than they gave in 2007.

Salvation Army Captain Dan Brunelle told 22News that, despite the recession, people in Franklin County never stopped giving. “People are very generous and we find that even when they’re hurting, there’s a sense of compassion for the poor and it shows in the money, and the food, and the donations that we receive,” said Captain Brunelle. The Salvation Army has seen a 7% increase in donations from 2007 to 2014.

Dino Schnelle from the Center For Self Reliance in Greenfield told 22News, not only are people giving more money, but their time as well. “We also have a…

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