Poll: People Are Giving Less To Charities (And Don't Feel Bad About It)

11/05/2010 04:52 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The percentage of people who won't be making charitable donations this year has doubled to 12 percent -- up from 6 percent in 2009 -- according a recent Harris Poll.

The poll surveyed 2,620 adults in September about contributions in time and money, personal responsibility and corporate social responsibility. The results seem dismal for expecting charities this year.

Many Americans said they are giving smaller amounts and to fewer organizations, and less than a quarter feel they:

"have a personal responsibility to make the world a better place by being actively involved various issues."

On the upside, people are volunteering their time more. This year 11 percent plan to give back with hours instead of cash, up from 9 percent in 2009.

Read more about The Harris Poll at Harris Interactive.