Receiving support of time and money is more challenging today than a decade ago. Volunteers are no longer housewives, but rather college students and young people who work full-time. ... Also, donor bases are changing with a significant amount of financial support coming from businesses rather than individuals. In addition, there are more organizations competing for that support.... While the amount of money donated in this country has increased, the number of organizations seeking it has increased faster. In the last two decades, the nonprofit sector has grown by 60%. The nature of giving, where it comes from and where it goes, is evolving swiftly and in ways non-profits are just beginning to understand. The younger donors often hold new ideas about how their money should be spent.
Many ALS patients and their families would like to see research results sooner than they do. With amyotrophic lateral sclerosis there is no known cause or cure and patients normally do not survive past 2-5 years after their diagnosis. This places real urgency for wanting to see advancements towards treatments for ALS.
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