WASHINGTON - The nation's largest financial institutions gave $599 million of corporate donations in 1999, a survey conducted by the Financial Services Roundtable found.

The roundtable, which represents 87 of the nation's biggest banking, insurance, and investment firms, said the charitable giving figure was significantly higher than previous years' surveys of its membership - a nearly 43% increase over 1998. Fifty-five member institutions responded to the most recent survey. It was not reported how many respondents were covered in prior surveys, of 1997 and 1998.

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