Other non-profits are hurting too in this economic downturn and not just in the area of disease research. In the valley area of Arizona for instance, cities like Scottsdale, Gilbert, Chandler, and Surprise are all cutting back on their funding of various non-profits. For instance, Gilbert has cut back 40% on funding to areas such as food banks and homeless shelters. Scottsdale decreased their funding for shelters from 50 to 54%.
The reasons cited generally are from funding issues related to less overall governmental income due to a slowing economy, yet there are some that are making it a political statement. Some are stating that it isn't right to take money from one person and then give it to another, as would be the case of taking tax money and then giving it to a charity. Although, some would argue this is not unworthy giving, as those that are the recipients are in real need. Especially if those in need are homeless and living in a shelter. These would be considered "gifts" without any recompense.
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