Charities expected to suffer from tsunami appeal

Joe Gill

Many UK charities not involved in international aid will see their income drop sharply as a result of the tsunami appeal and some will even close, the Directory of Social Change is warning.

DSC chief executive Debra Allcock Tyler said unprecedented public donations to the appeal would mean a record year for the sector as a whole, but will damage causes that have nothing to do with the disaster.

"I have a feeling that a lot of charities are going to die this year because of the tsunami appeal, particularly local and smaller ones," she said. "A lot of the donations are new money from people who don't normally give, but a lot of it will be donated by people who would normally donate to UK charities, and a large number of these people can be expected to give less over the course of the year."

Riders for Health confirmed that it had already been notified of funding cuts for its long-term development work in Africa, because money has been diverted to the tsunami relief effort.

Allcock Tyler advised smaller charities to start planning for cuts.

- See News Special, p2-3.

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