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Charity sector income has grown by £10bn in last five years

Charity sector income has grown by £10bn in last five years
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Charity sector income has grown by £10bn in last five years4

Finance | Niki May Young | 17 Jan 2013

The gross income of the charity sector has increased by over 20 per cent in the last five years, from £48.4bn in 2008 to £58.48bn in 2012, the Charity Commission's latest figures reveal.

The Commission publishes annual figures for the charity sector at the end of each year based on income reported by charities in their annual returns. The figures show a steady increase in the sector's income since 2008 despite fluctuation in the total number of charities which has resulted in an overall reduction from 168,354 in 2008 to 162,915 in 2012. This represents a 20.8 per cent income boost to the sector despite a 3 per cent reduction in the number of charities.

Largest charities taking a larger share

Large charities with an income over £10m appear to be doing best, with the proportion of total gross income held by these charities increasing from 53 per cent in 2008 to 57.3 per cent in 2012. These figures add to a steady increase in the proportion of income going to the largest charities since the turn of the millennium when the proportion was reported as 41.8 per cent, which is apparent despite a change to the way the Commission measures gross income since 2008.

A further 57 charities entered the £10m+ income bracket in 2012, taking the total number to 958. This is an increase of 28 per cent from 747 charities in 2008. The average income per charity in this bracket has also increased marginally in these five years from £34.36m to £34.97m, although there is a marginal decrease from 2011's figures which showed the average income of the largest charities to be £35.24m.

By contrast, there are currently 122,541 charities with an annual income less than £100,000 sharing 3.6 per cent of the overall gross income of the sector, an average of £17,194 per charity.

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Allen
17 Jan 2013

Charity itself has grown by some £900 million in that 5 year period.

What has happened to the other £9.1 billion?

Perhaps a complaint to ASA would be in order.

Carl Allen
18 Jan 2013
Response to [Carl Allen]

A point of big data not followed by useful information ... but here is some clarity

The charity sector has grown by some £10 billion.

Charity itself has grown by some £900 million.

Andrew Malin
Assurance Consultant (charity regulation)
HEFCE
17 Jan 2013

One key factor is that the register now includes many of the formerly exempt charities for which no principal regulator has been appointed and are now registered charities. This includes: universites in Wales, most students' unions in England and Wales, the autonomous colleges of Cambridge, Durham and Oxford Universities, and the Church Commissioners. Three of these newly registered charities are in the top 32 (measured by income) registered charities, with Cardiff University in the top 10.

Jon Brewer
17 Jan 2013

I expect there's no easy way to separate out the fundraising contribution?

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