Dutch charities not affected by financial crisis

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Donations by Dutch people went up by two percent over the past year despite the recession.

The Netherlands – About EUR 1.3 billion or two percent increase on the preceding year has been donated to Dutch charity organisations over the past year, revealed figures published by the Central Charities Office.

The figures are based on information supplied by 836 charities in the Netherlands.

The income of the charity organisations, including subsidies and grants that they received annually, totalled up to EUR 3.2 billion.

The office said the figures are encouraging in times of economic crisis.

However, it’s not all good news for charity organisations.

Door-to-door money collections, a traditional way of asking people for a charity gift, are becoming less effective although seven out of 10 Dutch people offer some coins to the collection box when they are asked to.

A research by Amsterdam's Free University published on Thursday showed fewer people are less willing to volunteer and that the amount collected is not in line with economic growth and average at EUR 3.15 per gift.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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