Agencies fear the DEC appeal pinch

Georgina Lock

Some domestic charities and overseas aid agencies that are not members of the Disasters Emergency Committee are bracing themselves for a blow to their fundraising following the Niger Crisis Appeal launched last week by the DEC.

ChildLine and the National Missing Persons Helpline are among those concerned for their income. Debra Allcock Tyler, chief executive of the Directory of Social Change, said that some charities were already feeling the pinch of the tsunami appeal and that another would make things worse.

"I suspect overall revenue for the sector will be higher but will favour overseas aid activity," she said.

A spokesman for the DEC cited Institute of Fundraising research that indicates anxieties are misplaced and that the tsunami appeal produced an increase in charitable giving overall.

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the institute, said the Niger appeal added to what had been an "immensely challenging" year. "UK fundraising can be astoundingly robust during such times," he said.

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