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The Dutch are rather generous when it comes to giving to worthwhile causes, a fact clearly reflected in the ‘Goede Doelen Rapport 2012’, recently released by the VFI (the Charity Association of the Netherlands). Traditionally the Dutch donate any spare cash to a favoured charitable organisation at the end of the year, and according to the report, development aid, conservation and disease prevention were the most popular causes amongst the philanthropic set.
You might think that the current economic crisis would have a negative impact on the amount given to charitable organisations in the Netherlands, however it seems that quite the reverse is true. In times of severe financial cutbacks many charities are in dire need of additional financial contributions – and this is something that the Dutch appear to have intrinsically understood, for during the period 2010-2011 the number of charitable donations actually increased.
If you haven’t yet made up your mind which charity you’d like to help out this year, then why not take a look at the top 10 Dutch charities listed below for inspiration?
The top 10 charities, receiving the most donations were:
1. Leger des Heils (help for the homeless)
2. Cordaid (development aid)
3. Oxfam Novib (development aid)
4. Natuurmonumenten (nature conservation)
5. KWF Kankerbestrijding (disease prevention)
6. Rode Kruis (Dutch Red Cross – development aid)
7. Unicef (development aid)
8. Wereld Natuurfonds (World Wildlife Fund – nature conservation)
9. Kerk in Actie (development aid)
10. Plan Nederland (development aid)
Popular Dutch charities that didn’t quite make it into the top 10, yet did nevertheless receive sizeable donations between 2010-2011 include: Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (aims to rebuild cultural life in the Netherlands), Nederlandse Hartstichting (Dutch heart disease charity), Stichting Woord en Daad (fights poverty in the developing world), Oranje Fonds (promotes participation in Dutch society), KNCV Tuberculosefonds (Dutch tuberculosis charity), Amnesty International, VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (protects asylum seekers and refugees in the Netherlands), Greenpeace, Terre des Hommes Nederland (promotes children’s rights in developing countries) and Aids Fonds (Dutch Aids charity).