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Nonprofit fundraisers are slightly more positive about the future than they were a year ago, but they are less optimistic than six months ago, a new study says.

The Philanthropic Giving Index, compiled by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, surveys nonprofit fundraisers to determine their degree of optimism about the current and future development landscape.

The overall index this year, which combines feelings about the current and future status of fundraising, stands at 87.6, down from 88.9 last summer, but up from 86.3 a year ago.

Development officers at public-benefit, environmental and international nonprofits tended to be less optimistic than their counterparts in other organizations, the study says.

In general, respondents do not expect the Pension Protection Act of 2006, which contains provisions affecting the nonprofit sector, to have a substantial impact on fundraising within their organizations within the next six months.

However, one in five fundraisers reporting success in using the new IRA rollover provision, which through 2007 allows people age 70 and-a-half and over to make limited donations from their IRAs directly to charities without adverse tax consequences.

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