Global Crises Won't Affect Holiday Giving, Survey Finds

Despite the recent surge in global crises, most Americans do not plan to change how much they give to charity this holiday season, a survey from World Vision finds.

According to the organization's seventh annual Holiday Giving Survey, 80 percent of respondents said that current emergencies such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and conflicts in Syria and Iraq would have no effect on how much they give as the year comes to an end. The survey also found that 37 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 34 who usually give to charity during the holidays are the most likely to increase their holiday giving this year in response to global crises.

Indeed, the survey, which was based on a poll of more than two thousand American adults, found that millennial men are seven times as likely as men between the ages of 44 and 64 to boost their giving in response to current global crises, five times as likely as men age 65 and older, and twice as likely as men between the ages of 35 and 44. Millennial men also are more likely to give in response to global crises than their female counterparts, only 17 percent of whom said they will change their giving patterns in response to current conflicts.

"[Millennials] are often accused of being entitled, needy, and narcissistic, but these studies seem to show millennials are misunderstood and might be more aptly labeled the giving generation," said Carrie Swanson, who manages the World Vision gift catalog campaign, which conducts the survey. "At World Vision we see millennials as a strong force to create positive change. Communication isn't a barrier for this generation. With one click they see global problems right before their eyes, which might be why they are more inclined to change the world instead of just their communities."