By Andrew Holt
The British public are continuing to sign up to charities this year despite the double dip recession, according to new figures released today.
Over 860, 000 signed up to direct debit charitable commitments in 2011/12 –- up an amazing 18% from the previous year, new statistics from The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association reveal.
Simon Morrison, director of policy and communications at the Institute of Fundraising, said: “This news shows how big hearted Brits are even in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the 1930s.
“No matter how depressing these tough financial times are, the public continue to dig deep.”
The PFRA figures reveal a rise in street face-to-face fundraising with an outstanding increase of 65%, in England and Wales outside of London.
Morrison added: “Our own research shows that people were continuing to give more and today’s figures reflect our findings.
“The increase in face-to -face giving is encouraging despite some Councils clamping down on this crucial tool for fundraisers and charities.”
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