Gifts to charitable health organizations, including hospitals and public health services, rose 6.5% to $11.5 billion in 1994, according to a new report by the AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy.
Total giving to charities of all types increased last year by 3.6% to an estimated $129.9 billion, continuing a two-decade trend of steady rises in charitable giving, the report said.
However, charitable contributions to human service organizations, such as children, family and emergency service groups, dropped 6.1% to $11.7 billion, the report showed.
Ann Kaplan, editor of the report, titled Giving USA 1995, said she couldn't explain the decline. But she said it highlights "the inability of voluntary giving to replace government funding, as some critics of government programs have urged."
Gifts to human service programs last year represented barely half of total payments under the welfare program known as AFDC, or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Kaplan noted.
The AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy is the public service foundation of the New York-based American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel.