Definition of donor fatigue in US English:

donor fatigue


  • A lessening of public willingness to respond generously to charitable appeals, resulting from the frequency of such appeals.

    ‘the “Crisis in Africa” appeal raised record donations, despite fears of donor fatigue’
    • ‘But as the civil war drags on, there's a growing feeling of donor fatigue and many aid projects are being hampered by a lack of funds.’
    • ‘This proves - if proof were needed - that we are a nation of givers and truly challenges the theory of donor fatigue.’
    • ‘But now some other charities are feeling the pinch as donor fatigue sets in.’
    • ‘The major hurdles we face are a sense of complacency about food security and donor fatigue among the developed nations that fund our efforts.’
    • ‘Yet the seemingly endless flow of aid continues while we hear tales of donor fatigue.’
    • ‘People trying unsuccessfully to raise money for charitable purposes refer to the phenomenon of donor fatigue.’
    • ‘‘During 2002 and early in 2003, heightened political tensions with key donor countries, as well as general donor fatigue, drastically reduced the flow of desperately needed food aid,’ the magazine said last year.’