US NGOs saw unprecedented rise in international giving in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic

Top NGOs in the United States report that international giving has risen since the start of the pandemic. While Americans still give more to domestic organizations, funding for international work totaled US$25.9 billion, or 5.5%, of Americans' US$471.4 billion in total giving in 2020, according to a report from the Philanthropy Network.

Large US NGOs attributed the increase to a variety of reasons; some Americans viewed the pandemic through a disaster lens, prompting gifts from those who had not previously supported international efforts. Others focused more on their connection to the rest of the globe in combatting the spread of COVID-19, creating a mindset shift. Some, but not all, of the NGOs also changed their fundraising strategies to adapt to the current crisis.  

CARE USA, PATH, Habitat for Humanity, and Americares were among some of the NGOs included in the interviews.

News report - Devex