Charity donations stagnated last year despite the improvement in the Dutch economy, according to the Volkskrant’s latest survey of the biggest 25 charities.
Joint income among the 25 was €760m, up just 0.1% on 2013.
Donations to cancer charity KWF fell €12m to €124m, mainly because of the row around the Alpe d’HuZes cycling race. The founder of the race was found to have spent €160,000 on organisational expenses despite an agreement that all the money raised would go to cancer charities.
In comparison, the Dutch branch of Doctors without Borders had a good year, mainly through the publicity surrounding major disasters, such as the ebola outbreak.
The charity improved its donations from €24m in 2004 to €52m in 2014.
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