96%

of the UK’s 166,000 charities are small

Source: NCVO

£9.5 billion

the economic footprint of the small charity sector

Source: NCVO

Four

volunteers for every member of staff in small charities

Source: Locality

Small Charities Data is a digital research hub that brings together the latest and best available data on small charities in the UK. The data is updated yearly and drawn from a wide range of sources, like government, regulators, membership bodies and infrastructure organisations in the charity sector, independent funders, academics researchers, and many others. 

Start exploring key themes and issues affecting small charities in the UK today.

New analysis by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales on a cohort of 180 small charities shows how charities have sustained their response to Covid-19 throughout the crisis. 

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Insights

Government income to small charities has declined by 20% in real terms over a five-year period

Government income is the 2nd largest source of income for small charities. Central government is the largest source of income for small charities, followed by local government.

Source: NCVO
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79% of small charities have lost funding since the start of the COVID-19 crisis

Funding and income is the most urgent challenge for charities, with only 18% projecting that their annual income will not be affected.

Source: Small Charities Coalition
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In 2020, 58% of small charities had a service user on their board of Trustees

Small charities were more likely to have a service users on their board of trustees compared to large or major charities.

Source: NPC
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25% of small charities deliver public services ‘a great deal’ or ‘a fair amount’ as part of their work, compared to 59% of the largest charities

22% of small charities make a loss on their public sector contracts, and 61% of small charities subsidise public service contracts with income from other sources

Source: Locality, NPC
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