Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Belfast Telegraph-Help: charities in crisis

Belfast Telegraph: "Help: charities in crisis
Charities in Britiain suffer loss of funding as Niger famine appeal is launched

By Maxine Frith
03 August 2005

Charities in Britain have suffered a devastating loss of funding and some are even threatened with closure due to high-profile appeals for international disasters.

Public donations have fallen by as much as 30 per cent, some organisations say. New figures yesterday showed four out of 10 charities say donations by big business had also dropped in the wake of the huge outpouring of support for the tsunami appeal.

The crisis was revealed as an £8m appeal, endorsed by The Independent, was launched yesterday by a coalition of British charities to help relieve the famine in Niger."

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