The government seized control of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. and the Federal National Mortgage Association in September.
Charity donations from the two -- Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae -- dropped from $83.5 million in 2006 to $47 million in 2008, The Washington Post reported Monday.
The two government-sponsored enterprises said they expected to maintain the level of donations this year that they made in 2008. But combined donations for the first quarter were only $4.5 million, the newspaper said.
"We remain committed to the community and supporting stable homes and neighborhoods, but it's a reflection of the economy and our status," Freddie Mac spokesman Doug Duvall said.
Washington area non-profit groups have felt the pressure as the two important sources of funding have declined.
"It makes me a little nervous to say the least," said Linda Dunphy, executive director at Doorways, a non-profit firm that supports women and families.
As donations diminish, "what we see is a number of non-profits that are struggling and trying to determine how they're going to support the important work they're doing," said Tamara Lucas Copeland, president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.