What’s the issue?

Many charities across Britain face an uncertain future.

A fall in donations comes on top of public spending cuts, rising costs and increasing demand for services.

Already we’re seeing some charities – many of whom provide vital services to the most vulnerable people in our society  – using up their limited cash reserves, reducing their services and in cases, winding-up their operations as a result of financial pressures.

We believe that more needs to be done to protect and secure Britain’s charities and ensure that they can carry on their essential work at the heart of society.

We all need to take action now to boost Britain’s charities, so that they can continue to serve good causes at home and abroad.

What’s the evidence?

UK Giving 2012 is Britain’s biggest annual survey of charitable giving. The report reveals that donations to charity fell by 20% in real terms during 2011/12.  This means that charities’ income was reduced by £1.7 billion in cash terms.  Adjusted for inflation, this represents a fall of £2.3 billion.

  • Between 2010/11 and 2011/12, the total amount donated has decreased by 15% on the unadjusted totals and by 20% in real terms.
  • The proportion of people donating to charitable causes in a typical month has decreased over the last year from 58% to 55%.
  • The typical amount given per donor per month in 2011/12 was £10 (the median value). This is down from £11 in 2010/11 and £12 in 2009/10.
  • The estimated total amount donated to charity by adults in 2010/11 was £9.3 billion. Compared to 2010/11, this is a decrease of £1.7 billion in cash terms, and a decrease of £2.3 billion in real terms, after adjusting for inflation.
  • For the first time since the survey began, the proportion of donors using Gift Aid has dropped.

Read the UK Giving 2012 full report (PDF, 871 KB) and summary report (PDF, 393 KB).

View our presentation UK Giving 2012 on SlideShare.

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