Is the money I donate to nonprofits for research useless?
Researchers, laboratories, often very expensive special machinery, cells used in in vitro studies or animals in studies that require living "entities", are all indispensable actors of a research activity. A non-profit association explains that of every euro donated, 74.2 cents actually go to research, 6.7 cents are for the management costs of the facilities and staff, and 19.1 cents are invested in fundraising activities.
While until a few years ago it was difficult to get an "idea of the cost of a" research activity, today, thanks to the transparency policies adopted by numerous non-profit associations, it is possible to check the annual financial statements, published and easily available and consulted online on their websites. Each of these associations has, in fact, a dedicated section, where the use and destination of its funds is detailed.
These reports demonstrate not only how much it costs to keep the research machine moving, from advertising to fundraising campaigns, but above all how high the costs of a research project are.
Non-profit associations carry out their activities thanks to donations and pursue the interests of the sick and the community that supports them.
1. Telethon Foundation. The budget
2. Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC). Balance
3. Italian association against leukemia-lymphomas and myeloma (AIL). Fund management