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Year-end giving rosy

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The vast majority of donors planned in 2006 to match or top their 2005 end-of-year donations, but generally not because of tax breaks or lower gas prices, a new survey says.

Kintera, a provider of online products and services for nonprofits, conducted the survey of people with household incomes greater than $100,000.

Eight in 10 said they would give the same amount or more in 2006 than in 2005, and about six in 10 said that decision was not affected by lower gas prices or available tax incentives.

While one in four respondents had yet to decide whether they would donate in December, more than two in 10 planned to give up to $1,000 and three in four expected to give up to $100, the study says.

More donors were motivated to contribute by conditions in Africa and other human services issues than by issues involving the environment, political or health issues.

Two in three people surveyed said they did not plan to volunteer in December, the study says.

The study warned that charities could lose 15 percent of their online donors if their websites were down during the holiday season, even if only for a few moments.

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