The Danish charities that spend more than they collect

Expenses often eat up contributions

The administrative costs of charities can be high (photo: Folkekirkens Nødhjælp) The administrative costs of charities can be high (photo: Folkekirkens Nødhjælp)
January 8th, 2016 6:19 pm| by Ray W
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A review of 68 charities by the collection board Indsamlingsnævnet shows that of the 857 million kroner in charitable contributions collected in 2014, some 206 million was eaten up by expenses.

Charities must report to Indsamlingsnævnet to be allowed to raise money in Denmark.

In 2014, nine organisations actually spent more money than they raised.


The group Danmarks-Samfundet, for example, spent nearly 50,000 kroner.

“The figures are similar to previous years,” Danmarks-Samfundet told Metroxpress. “The money was used on delivery costs, flags and banners handed out on Valdemars Day.”

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Charity gets expensive
In Sweden, an organisation must cease collecting if its expenses exceed more than 25 percent of its proceeds three years in succession.

However, many Danish groups exceed that limit, including Blå Kors, Greenpeace and WSPA.