Magazine article The Christian Century

Nation's Top Charities See Increase in Giving

Magazine article The Christian Century

Nation's Top Charities See Increase in Giving

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America's top charities raised 16 percent more last year than they did in 1997, a Chronicle of Philanthropy survey has found. The increase in donations is the largest since 1991, the first year the periodical began ranking the 400 charities that raise the most money from private sources.

For the seventh time in a row, the Salvation Army topped the list, raising $1.2 billion. The YMCA of the USA and Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund came in second and third, respectively, each having increases of more than 25 percent. The YMCA raised $629.3 million, the Fidelity fund $571.9 million.

Several religious organizations in addition to the Salvation Army were among the top 20 groups cited by the magazine that covers the philanthropic community. Catholic Charities, USA, ranked seventh, raising $446.2 million. World Vision, an evangelical Christian relief and development organization, raised $297.2 million, ranking 13th. Campus Crusade for Christ, an evangelical Christian ministry, raised $264. …

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