Saturday 24 March 2018

Charities hit by huge drop in donations

brian byrne

SEVERAL more Irish charities are expecting a huge drop in donations in the wake of the CRC top-up scandal.

Oxfam, Focus Ireland, Saint Vincent de Paul and Aware have followed Bothar in reporting losses of up to 43pc on this time last year.

Poverty charity Oxfam is reporting one of the highest losses so far, with their Christmas Unwrapped appeal so far generating €96,037, a 43pc drop from the 2012 figure of €166,537.

Focus Ireland and Aware are both estimating that the scandal has cost them a 30pc drop in donations, while Saint Vincent de Paul noticed a €150,000 or 15pc drop in funding in the Dublin area.

While many charities contacted by the Irish Independent refused to state whether they had recorded, or expected to record, a loss, charities such as Barnardos, the Irish Cancer Society and the Peter McVerry Trust said they had been asked about how their money is spent, and whether or not they pay top-ups to their senior members of staff.

Earlier this week, Irish livestock-based NGO Bothar said they stood to lose 50pc of their Christmas earnings due to the top-up scandal

Irish Independent

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