Lithuanian citizens, who are allowed to allocate 2 percent of their income tax for organizations of their choice, have distributed 15m euro this year, benefiting some 22,000 institutions and NGOs. The biggest beneficiary this year is the Lithuanian army.

By mid-November, around 605,000 Lithuanian citizens supported filled out requests to the Tax Inspectorate, asking to allocate a fraction of their income tax to various organizations or political parties.

Lithuanian support to the armed forces has grown eight times this year, from 36,000 euro last year to 281,000 in 2015.

Other beneficiaries included charity organizations, schools and organizations working with homeless animals .

The top-ten beneficiaries:

Organisation / number of supporters / sum (euros)

Lithuanian armed forces / 6,581 / 276,412

Charity and support fund Bėdų turgus / 6,373 / 158,608

Public institution Lesė (animal welfare) / 3,701 / 94,178

Support and charity fund Mamų unija / 3,657 / 93,716

Public institution Penkta koja (animal welfare) / 3,805 / 85,857

Public institution Sostinės krepšinio mokykla (basketball school) / 3,128 / 69,669

Public institution SOS gyvūnai (animal welfare) / 2,530 / 67,959

Lithuania‘s Poles Union (Lietuvos lenkų sąjunga), department of Vilnius region / 4,072 / 50,023

Charity and support fund Rugutė / 1,186 / 38,870

Order of Malta help service / 1,286 / 35,861

Source: State Tax Inspectorate

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