Charity donations stagnate despite improved economy

13th July 2015, Comments 0 comments

Charity donations stagnated last year despite the improvement in the Dutch economy, according to the Volkskrant’s latest survey of the biggest 25 charities.

Joint income among the 25 was €760m, up just 0.1% on 2013.

Donations to cancer charity KWF fell €12m to €124m, mainly because of the row around the Alpe d’HuZes cycling race. The founder of the race was found to have spent €160,000 on organisational expenses despite an agreement that all the money raised would go to cancer charities.

In comparison, the Dutch branch of Doctors without Borders had a good year, mainly through the publicity surrounding major disasters, such as the ebola outbreak.

The charity improved its donations from €24m in 2004 to €52m in 2014.



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