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Philanthropic Giving for Health Care Slows in 2006 in both U.S. and Canada, According to Association for Healthcare Philanthropy's Annual 'Report on Giving'
Date:10/22/2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grateful patients and other U.S. donors increased their charitable contributions to health care facilities and organizations in 2006, but the 11.5 percent increase to $7.9 billion was substantially lower than the 16 percent rate of increase to $7 billion reached in 2005, according to a new "Report on Giving" issued today by The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

"Philanthropic dollars are being eroded and the health care system is being stressed by a 'perfect storm' of problems for nonprofits," warned William C. McGinly, Ph.D., CAE, president and chief executive officer of AHP. "These problems range from new proposed health coverage of uninsured and illegal immigrants, and razor thin financial margins, to unnecessary HIPAA/Privacy Act rules that impede access to generous groups of donors, and attempts in Congress to challenge and change the tax-exempt status of nonprofit health care providers," McGinly said.

In the U.S., contributions from individuals represented 60 percent of all contributions, about the same as the year-earlier level, while the portion contributed by U.S. businesses, including corporate foundations, increased to 20.4 percent in 2006, up from 18.2 percent in 2005. Non-corporate foundations represented 12 percent of funds raised in 2006, down by 0.7 percent from the earlier year. Other giving sources, including hospital auxiliaries, public agencies, and civic groups, were responsible for 8.1 percent of the 2006 total, down from almost 10 percent in 2005.

In Canada, the report showed that Canadian contributions were up only 3.3 percent to $1.23 billion in 2006, compared to an increase of 11 percent to $1.2 billion in 2005. Individual givers provided 52 percent of funds raised in Canada, down from almost 61 percent in 2005.Canadian businesses, including corporate foundations, supplied 25.4 percent of the 2006 total, compared to 25.6 percent in 2005. Canadian foundat
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