People 'are less willing' to give to charities after CRC scandal
Published 10/03/2014 | 02:30
MORE than half of people admit they would be less willing to donate to charities in future because of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) scandal.
Some 45pc of people had reduced their donations to charity in the past few months, according to the survey carried out by Amarach.
The agency moved to question potential donators after a number of charities contacted them asking if there had been a falloff in donations from the revelations of the top-ups and pay-offs scandal at the CRC and the salary paid to Rehab CEO Angela Kerins.
It found that 55pc of people surveyed who had previously given to charity had indicated a "reduced willingness" to donate to charities in future because of the scandals.
According to the survey, which was not commissioned by any outside party, the top five most popular charities for donations in 2014 were the Irish Cancer Society at 49pc, Concern at 24pc, the Irish Heart Foundation at 22pc, Trocaire at 19pc and the Irish Hospice Foundation at 19pc.
It found that donors in Dublin were the most generous, giving around €13 a month to charity. However, more women than men give to charity, at 70pc of men and 81pc of women.
Charities have told the Irish Independent that they are deeply concerned at the findings.
Trocaire executive director Eamonn Meehan revealed that the charity's last Christmas Gifts campaign was down 19pc on the previous year. However, he said the Irish public had been extremely supportive of its emergency appeals to survivors of the typhoon in the Philippines and the conflict in Syria in November.
Mr Meehan said he was "deeply concerned" at the findings that some people would be less willing to donate to charities in future, saying donations – particularly for long-term development work in struggling communities overseas – are "critical".
Trocaire publishes accounts online annually showing sources of income, costs and the uses to which it puts its funds.
Concern has been posting its accounts online for the past decade, according to Richard Dixon, director of public affairs.
"If people are good enough to put their hands in their pockets, they have to know what we're doing with the money," he said.
The Irish Cancer Society revealed that its income in 2013 was approximately 6pc lower than in 2012, putting the decline down to a bad Daffodil Day due to poor weather, a lower Shave or Dye income and the impact of the revelations about "a tiny number of charities but which has impacted on so many".
Barry Dempsey, chief executive of the Irish Heart Foundation, said it had not experienced a decline in support but said that in light of the scandal, they had received calls from supporters, donors and the media seeking information about their organisation.