Dutch donate record amounts to charities despite crisis
In 2009, the Dutch donated a record three billion euros to charity, the largest amount ever according to watchdog organisation Central Bureau on Fundraising CBF.
CBF is an independent foundation which monitors and promotes trustworthy fundraising and expenditure by reviewing fundraising organizations and giving information and advice to government institutions and the public.
Among other factors, an increase in revenue from investiments allowed charities to spend 100 million euros more than in 2008. Various national, regional and local authorities subsidised 288 of the nation's 866 registered charities to a total amoung of 1.45 billion euros.
However, the future looks decidedly grim for the charitable institutions. Decreasing government subsidies and rising fundraising costs are expected to lead to a substantial drop in spending.
The most succesful fundraisers were Unicef, the Red Cross, World Wide Fund for Nature, the Dutch Cancer Society, Médecins Sans Frontiéres, Hartstichting Heart Foundation, Oxfam Novib, Plan Nederland part of Plan International and Natuurmonumenten Main Dutch nature conservation organisation.
The CBF also said that most charities are still run by men. Just like in 2008, 70 percent of the managers and board members of these organisations were men. Average salary of these top level officials was around 90,000 euros.
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