Tight Funds in Tough Times

Charities seek ways to lessen pain from the global financial crisis

The economic downturn has started to cause trouble for many of the nation's most sophisticated fund-raising organizations. Gifts from people of modest means and some multimillion-dollar commitments from wealthy donors and big companies have slowed or disappeared altogether, according to The Chronicle's annual survey of the 400 charities that raise the most from private sources.

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