Share

Charity Commission unveils new sector data web pages

Charity Commission unveils new sector data web pages
News

Charity Commission unveils new sector data web pages

Finance | Jonathan Last | 1 May 2012

The Charity Commission has added new summary pages to its website that reveal data about the voluntary sector as a whole.

The sector regulator said it has developed the 'sector overview' pages in order to make statistics more "transparent to the public”.

Figures from the pages reveal that the sector’s assets are worth around £166.7bn – a combination of the individual totals for own-use assets, long-term investments, short-term investments and cash, and other assets. Total spending was £54.13bn (again, broken up into sub-categories), and there are over 940,000 trustees and nearly 2.9 million volunteers.

The page gives a graphical overview of the sector and breaks organisations down in terms of their income size. Charities with an income of more than £500,000 are split up according to their income source.

The charity with the highest total income was the British Council, with £692.96m. Data also divulges that nearly half of the larger charities (with income of £500,000 plus), get nearly half of their income from payment for charitable activities, twice as much that the figure for voluntary income.
New Charity Commission 'sector overview' pages
The new pages also give users the opportunity to see the top ten charities from a range of criteria, including income, charitable spending, number of volunteers or employees, and those with documents overdue (such as annual accounts).

Sam Younger, chief executive of the Charity Commission, said: “It is right and proper that the public are able to scrutinise how their money is being spent. The web pages allow the public to search the information we hold in more creative ways, seeing which charities are growing the fastest, and which have the most volunteers or most charitable spend. And where figures raise questions for the public, charities should be ready to answer them."

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Charities 'must continue to fight for the right to influence policy'

20 Oct 2014

Civil society organisations must not give up the fight to influence policy and governments, the international...

Islamic Relief Worldwide income falls by £18m

20 Oct 2014

Islamic Relief Worldwide has seen its income drop from £100m in 2012 to £82m in 2013, according to...

Charity criticised after refusing to pay Ashya King’s parents' legal fees

17 Oct 2014

Kids 'n' Cancer UK has been criticised for saying it will not pay the legal fees of the family of Ashya...

Voluntary sector sees “revolving door” of staff, says report

20 Oct 2014

The voluntary sector is experiencing a “revolving door” of staff with employee turnover levels at...

Charities 'must continue to fight for the right to influence policy'

20 Oct 2014

Civil society organisations must not give up the fight to influence policy and governments, the international...

Paul Farmer appointed chair of Acevo

17 Oct 2014

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, has been appointed the chair of the Association of Chief Executives...

Blackbaud launches online giving platform for individual fundraisers

17 Oct 2014

Blackbaud has launched its online giving platform, everydayhero, for fundraisers in the UK in a bid to...

Don't dismiss social media 'slacktivists', fundraisers told at IFC

16 Oct 2014

Charities should embrace and love charity ‘slacktivists’ because social is a great ramp for new donors,...

Nesta has made no grants to charities from its Impact Investments Fund

16 Oct 2014

Only 15 per cent of applications to a Nesta fund to invest in innovations to help older people, children...

Join the discussion

 Twitter button

@CSFinance