Charities in the UK - Statistics & Facts

Published by Daniel Clark, Aug 10, 2018
In 2018, the number of charities in England and Wales amounted to almost 168 thousand. This emerged as a substantial loss when compared to figures from 2007 when there were approximately one thousand more.

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As of August 2018 the charity with the highest income was The British Council, with revenues of over one billion British pounds. In terms of employment size, the biggest charities were Save the Children International, Nuffield Health and Marie Stopes International with 17.5 thousand, 13.6 thousand and 12.3 thousand employees respectively. The top-ranking charities with the most volunteers were The Scout Association and Methodist Women in Britain with 154 thousand and 133 thousand respectfully. The charity with the highest charitable spending was the Wellcome Trust, with an expenditure of over one billion British pounds.

The Leverhulme Trust was one of the charities with the largest investment gains, valued at approximately 5.9 million British pounds, although the charity with the most investments was the Wellcome Trust, with a value of roughly 2.2 billion British pounds.

For the last three reporting years the average amount given to charity in England per month was 22 British pounds. A survey about giving to charity in England, by gender shows women to be more generous than men. When sorted by age, the most generous age group for donating money to charity originated from respondents aged 65 to 74 years, with 85 percent stating that they've donated to charity within the past month.

In 2016, the most successful mass participation fundraiser was Race for Life in support of Cancer Research UK. This event generated 48 million British pounds of charitable spending, followed by Macmillan Cancer Support's World's Biggest Coffee Morning, with proceeds totalling 29.5 million British pounds.

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