Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Charity vs. philanthropy in Saudi Arabia | ArabNews

Charity vs. philanthropy in Saudi Arabia | ArabNews: n Saudi Arabia, there are approximately 700 charity centers and foundation registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs. The majority of donations to those charities go to organizations with religious affiliations, which are concerned with building mosques, supporting Qur’an teaching schools, sponsoring orphans and general charity work. The rest goes to health organizations and social services.
However, charity work is still below the level of expectations in terms of both quantity and quality. If we compare the numbers of registered charities with that of a country like the United States, which has over 1.8 million charity organizations — the city of New York alone has more than 98,000 active foundations — we would sense the urgent need for increasing the number of working charities in the Kingdom.

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