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Some charities have a "100% donations policy" or "100% donation policy" - e.g. "We abide by a 100% donations policy" - by which they mean that 100% of each donation donated to the charity will go to the charitable cause(s) (and not a penny will be deducted for administration purposes).

The question is: should it be donations (as a plural) or donation (in the singular) in the above policy? Or are the two interchangeable?

I'm guessing what they're really saying is We abide by a "100% of your donations" policy, in which case both (plural and singular forms) would make sense?

Or is the policy just worded badly?

Or am I just reading too much into this?

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I think you're reading too much into this. ;-) –  Jürgen A. Erhard Aug 17 '13 at 1:03

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Grammatically I'd say both are okay, but I'd prefer '100% donation policy'.

You're describing your policy on handling donations, or your donation policy, and your organisation's policy is one which is commonly referred to as the '100% policy' or '100% model'. In other words, you're really saying 'We abide by a "100%" donation policy'. Although I wouldn't be surprised to find both forms in use.

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Thanks for the insight and especially the 100% model link. –  Appulus Aug 16 '13 at 16:25

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