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In the face of rising demand for services, fundraising grew at more nonprofits in 2003 than in 2002, a new survey says.

While giving improved at over one-third of U.S. nonprofits this year, another third received fewer donations, says the GuideStar survey of 660 nonprofits.

In fall 2003, 39 percent of nonprofits surveyed reported increased giving, 35 percent had a drop and 22 percent had no change.

At the same point in 2002, giving grew at 28 percent of nonprofits, fell at 48 percent and was unchanged at 22 percent.

Over half of nonprofits with expenditures over $20 million received more money in 2003, while fundraising improved for fewer nonprofits that are small.

Only 21 percent of the smallest nonprofits, with expenditures under $25,000, raised more money this year than in 2002.

Over half of nonprofits in New England, more than in any other region, raised more money this year than in 2002.

In comparison, only 30 percent of nonprofits in both the Plains and Rocky Mountains raised more money in 2003 than in 2002.

Nearly three of four nonprofits said demand for services was up this year.

Demand for services grew in 2003 for 80 percent of nonprofits surveyed in the Rocky Mountains, more than in any other region, while 63 percent of nonprofits in the Midwest reported increased demand for services, the smallest increase in any region.

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