Giving to Charities in U.K. Drops for Second Straight Year

Contributions to major British charities dropped by 1.1 percent in 2009-10, the second straight year of declining donations, Third Sector Online says, citing a new sector study.

The country’s 500 largest nonprofit groups took in about $9.7-billion in the 12 months ending March 2010, an approximately $112-million drop, according to Charity Market Monitor 2011.

Animal-welfare and military-related charities bucked the trend, with their donation income rising by 4.4 percent and 6.2 percent, respectively.

Cathy Pharoah, a Cass Business School professor who wrote the report, said U.K. giving has remained flat since a strong climb in 2007 and that charities are also beginning to feel the impact of cuts in government aid, formerly a stable source of income for many groups.

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