European fundraisers 'expect finances to grow'

Fundraisers across Europe are expecting their finances to grow despite the economic downturn, according to a study unveiled at the International Fundraising Congress in Holland yesterday.

The State of the Not-For-Profit Industry Survey from third sector technology consultancy Blackbaud asked 466 organisations in the UK, Germany and Holland questions on issues including fundraising, use of the internet, general operations and accountability and stewardship.

It revealed that Dutch organisations were most optimistic, with 78 per cent of respondents expecting income to grow this financial year, compared with 63 per cent of UK respondents and 52 per cent of those from Germany.

Fundraisers were also positive about 2009, with financial growth expected by 86 per cent of Dutch charities, 71 per cent in the UK and 62 per cent of German organisations that responded. However, it showed that none expected to increase staffing levels.

About half of all organisations surveyed forecast an increase in online donations. Web communication was considered vital by almost 70 per cent of UK respondents, but only 34 per cent were happy with their own site.

The full report will be available on 1 November.

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