“The Count: For Charities, Fewer and Smaller Gifts.” By Phylis Korkki. New York Times. January 17, 2010. As the outpouring of donations to Haiti has made clear, the charitable impulse is alive and well. But it was somewhat in abeyance in 2009, as the recession limited people’s ability to give and even caused some givers to become receivers. GuideStar, which collects information on nonprofit groups, found a decline in giving when it polled more than 2,500 people associated with public charities and private foundations who subscribe to its newsletter. It said that just over half of the respondents saw a decline in charitable donations at their organizations in the first nine months of last year, compared with the period in 2008. The major reasons for the falloff were “fewer individuals giving” and “smaller gifts,” both cited by 69 percent of those polled. At the same time, 62 percent saw an increased demand for their services.