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Big charities see donations tumble

Donations to the nation's biggest charities dropped 11 percent last year, a decline that was the worst in the two decades since the Chronicle of Philanthropy started its "Philanthropy 400" ranking of the organizations that raise the most from private sources.

Still, several charities did report increases. Feed the Children, which ranked fifth in the annual Philanthropy 400, had a 1.2 percent increase in private support, which totaled $1.19 billion. World Vision saw a 4.5 percent increase in its private support, which totaled $870 million, giving it the No. 9 rank on the list.

Catholic Charities USA
was ranked third, with a 66 percent increase from the previous year — a figure that the social service organization has questioned. According to the publication, Catholic Charities' private support totaled $1.28 billion.


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