"The only good thing about this pandemic is that it’s made people care a little bit more about their neighbors," notes Christopher Ivey, director of marketing for one of the largest food banks in Michigan, Forgotten Harvest. Spurred by the pandemic's economic hits, which has elucidated systemic inequalities everywhere, an outpouring of donations to local food banks, crowdfunding campaigns and neighborly offerings to families walking a tightrope have ensued. In the first nine months of 2020, Association of Fundraising Professionals tracked nearly 2,500 groups and found that donations to small- and medium-szie charitable organizations rose 7.6% compared to in 2019. And the number of donors is up by 11.7%. More recently, on "GivingTuesday," the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, charities received $2.47 billion in donations this year, up 25% from 2019. A spokesperson from GoFundMe crowdfunding site said about 70% of donations were under $50 this year, up 40% from 2019. "People are giving like we’ve never seen before," GivingTuesday's chief data officer Woodrow Rosenbaum notes. And most donations are in smaller dollar amounts, suggesting that people across a wider income spectrum are stepping up their contributions.

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