Just over half of people in the UK say that they trust charities, a survey has found.
Some 52 per cent of people in the UK trust charities, while 70 per cent agreed that they make a difference, according to a report, Fundraising around the World, which was conducted by research consultancy, nfpSynergy.
The research found that trust in charities was average in the UK, compared to other countries. UK citizens also ranked the charity sector as the 4th most trusted institution, below the top trusted body, the army.
Although trust in charities is average in the UK as a whole, the report also found that Ireland’s trust of charities has fallen from 74 per cent to 48 per cent in the last six years, following scandals in the sector.
Some 58 per cent of UK citizens also said that there were too many charities, and only 47 per cent thought that they are well run. The same proportion thought that charities are transparent about where the money goes.
The research also found that religious, wealthier and older people are more likely to give to charity. It also found that women are more trusting of charities.
Some 6,600 people in nine countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, UK and USA, were sampled in the research.