Donations to U.S. members of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy increased 3.5% to $6.1 billion in 2004, up from $5.9 billion in 2003, the association said in a report. Cash contributions accounted for 67%, or $4.1 billion, of the total funds raised by U.S. members of the group. Pledges, planned gifts and other assets accounted for $1.6 billion, or 26.5%. The number of donors grew 2.7% from 2003 and the number of gifts received increased 5%. Individuals provided 60% of all funds raised; businesses, including corporate foundations, supplied 19.4%. Meanwhile, in Canada, giving to healthcare organizations declined 4.8% to $1.07 billion in 2004. The report was based on a survey of more than 300 organizations belonging to the association. The association said hospitals make up the majority of its membership. -- by Cinda Becker
Donations to healthcare groups up 3.5% in 2004
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