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



  • 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.
  • Authors

  • Carter, Vernon
  • Marx, Jerry
  • Publication Date

  • 2016
  • Published In

  • Social Sciences  Journal
  • Edition

  • 5
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 22
  • End Page

  • 22
  • Volume

  • 5