Charities in the UK - Statistics & Facts

As of 2016, the number of charities in England and Wales equated to 165 thousand. This emerged as a substantial loss when compared to figures from 2007. Over the course of two years succeeding, the number of charities in England and Wales had dropped by over nine thousand.


In 2015 the charity with the highest income was Lloyd's Register Foundation, with revenue of over one billion British pounds. In the same year the largest of the charities (by employment size) were Greenwich Islamic Centre, Save the Children International and Marie Stopes International with 81.5 thousand, 16.1 thousand and 12.4 thousand employees respectively. The top-ranking charities with the most volunteers were Methodist Women in Britain and The Royal British Legion with 140 thousand and 119 thousand respectfully. In the same year the charity with the highest charitable spending was the British Council, with an expenditure of 982 thousand British pounds.

Peaking in 2016, the average amount given to charity in England in one month was 22.47 British pounds. The Garfield Weston Foundation was one of the charities with the largest investment gains, valued at approximately 1.9 million British pounds, although the charity with the most investments was the Wellcome Trust, with a value of roughly 4.6 million British pounds.

A survey about giving to charity in England, by gender shows women to be more generous than men, and when sorted by age, the most generous age group when donating money to charity originated from respondents aged 65 to 74 years, with 78 percent stating that they've donated to charity within the past month.

In 2015, the most successful mass participation fundraiser was Race for Life in support of Cancer Research UK. This event generated 52.8 million British pounds of charitable spending, followed by Macmillan Cancer Support's World's Biggest Coffee Morning, with proceeds nearing 27.7 British pounds.

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