NGOs urged to aid European groups

Capacity-building charity Resource Alliance is asking UK overseas aid agencies to share their fundraising expertise with organisations in countries with less developed voluntary sectors.

A study by the alliance of fundraising in central Europe shows that a lack of resources is preventing charities in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary from developing fundraising techniques and donor databases.

The top 20 charities in each of the four states get most of their income from fees and memberships, 30 per cent from the state and less than 20 per cent from one-off donations, according to the research, which was commissioned by Australian firm Pareto Fundraising.

"The international NGOs have skills and market leadership," said Simon Collings, chief executive of Resource Alliance. "I think they have a responsibility to share knowledge and experience to help the others develop."

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