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Record income for Islamic Relief after 14 per cent growth in donations

11 Oct 2017 News

The latest set of annual accounts published by Islamic Relief Worldwide show the organisation’s total income last year grew 4.5 per cent last year to a record £110.4m, driven by an increase in donations and legacies.

Islamic Relief’s latest set of annual accounts, for the year ending 31 December 2016, show the organisation grew its annual income last year by £4.8m to over £110.4m from the previous year. This growth was predominantly driven by a 14.2 per cent increase in voluntary donations, which include regular giving, campaigns, appeal income and legacy income.

Looking at that total increase in voluntary donations, total income donated by individuals in the UK increased by 12.9 per cent to £23.7m last year, while donations from Islamic Relief’s partners grew by 17.3 per cent to £60.4m.

These increases helped to offset a fall in institutional grants of nearly a quarter to £19.3m for the year. Islamic Relief said its grants from the Middle East almost halved last year, from £16.9m in 2015 to just £9.3m.

Total charitable expenditure falls below £100m

The organisation’s total expenditure on charitable activities in 2016 dipped slightly, down to £99.1m from over £100m in 2015. Well over half of Islamic Relief’s total charitable expenditure went to those affected by ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen. A further 22.6 per cent of charitable expenditure went to the charity’s operations in Africa and Asia respectively.

Islamic Relief’s expenditure on fundraising increased however, up to just over £13m last year, a £770,000 rise on the previous year’s expenditure of £12.2m

The organisation’s accounts make no mentions of how many complaints it received from the public regarding its fundraising activities.

Staff costs and employees

Islamic Relief’s 2016 accounts also show its average number of full time employees and corresponding staff costs both grew last year.

The charity employed 419 full time employees in 2016, up from 404 in 2015. Of those only two employees were paid in excess of £60,000 a year. The majority of those employees were engaged in raising funds, with 215 employees working in its fundraising function in 2016, up from 189 the previous year.

Total remuneration for the charity’s executive management team totalled £631,488 in 2016, down by over £100,000 from 2015.

The charity paid out a total of £38,340 in redundancies in 2016, up from £8,852 the previous year. 

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