US corporate profits, an indicator of corporate donations to fundraisers,
rose 7.9 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in

The bank prime loan rate, which indicates health fundraising organizations'
ability to grow revenues through investments, remains at
3.25 percent as of the week of January 13, 2012, unchanged from the same
week in 2011.

US personal income, which drives consumer ability to contribute to health
fundraising organizations, rose 3.9 percent in November 2011 compared to the
same month in 2010.

Total US revenue for religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and
similar organizations fell 8.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared
to the same period in 2010.


Rotary Club Raises $200 Million for Polio Cure - In response to a challenge
grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rotary Club raised
$200 million to fight polio. The money will go toward vaccinations in
countries where the disease is still widespread. The Gates Foundation
initially pledged $100 million in 2007 but raised that to $150 million when
the Rotary Club brought in $200 million, for a total of $350 million.
Partnerships with other groups can be an important way for health
fundraising organizations to extend their efforts.

Health Fund-raising Organizations
SIC Codes: 8399
NAICS Codes: 813212

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