Mon, Dec 25, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Charities come up short on donations for last 12 months

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Charitable organizations in Taiwan have been finding it increasingly difficult to keep existing donors and to attract new ones.

Executives of many charities acknowledged yesterday that they have received significantly fewer charitable gifts this year than in previous years because many of their regular donors have stopped giving.

They said that if the disastrous end-of-year fund-raising season serves as a bellwether for future philanthropy, they can expect to face greater challenges in the times ahead.

The Taichung chapter of the international relief organization World Vision set a target at the start of the year of finding 1,000 long-term donors to help its cause, but with only seven days left, the organization has barely made it halfway to that goal.

In its efforts to help people in a persistent vegetative state, World Vision has also suffered a setback, falling 60 percent short of its fund-raising target for the year.

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