Dutch top Europe's list of charitable nations

7th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Despite the introduction of government subsidy cuts, most Dutch charities actually did  better in terms of their income in 2010 than in preceding years.

Over the past ten years, proceeds from fundraising campaigns have increased by an average of 3.8 percent a year. This year's annual report from the Central Fundraising Bureau CBF shows that, in 2010, there was actually an above-average increase of 4.7 percent.

This increase partly compensated for the reduction in government subsidies, which decreased by 9.6 percent. “This kind of compensatory behaviour is an exception to the rule,” says René Bekkers, a researcher at VU University Amsterdam. “In previous decades we saw the Dutch react to subsidy cuts to charities by giving less.”

A total of 831 organisations, including the Salvation Army, Cordaid and Oxfam Novib, raised 3.8 billion euros in 2010. If this, 1.4 billion came from own fundraising campaigns, 1.3 billion in government subsidies and 1.1 billion from other sources, including 457 million from lotteries. In 2009, Dutch charities raised a total of 3.7 billion euros.

The World Giving Index 2010 published by the Charities Aid Foundation puts the Dutch squarely in the lead among Europe's most generous nations: 77 percent of the Dutch give to charity. The European top five also includes the United Kingdom 73 percent, Ireland 72 percent, Switzerland 71 percent and Austria 69 percent.

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