Overview

  • In 2017/18, small charities received a higher proportion of their overall income in donations from the public than large charities.
  • Small charities received less money from the public in donations than they did in 2013/14.
  • Over a five year period small charities have seen the proportion of legacy income from the public double from 5% to 11%.
  • 59% of grants from independent grantmakers went to small charities in 2019.

Where do small charities receive their voluntary income from?

  • In 2017/18, small charities received a higher proportion of funding in the form of donations from the public than large charities did (43% compared to 35%).
  • Charities with an income of under £100k were most likely to receive donations from the public (64%), compared to charities with an income of £100k to £1m (40%).

How has voluntary income from the public changed over time?

  • The amount of income that small charities receive as legacies has grown from £241m to £522m, doubling as proportion of their total income from 5% in 2013/14, to 11% in 2017/18.
  • In 2017/18, small charities received £1,852m in donations from the public.

How have donations from the public changed over time?

  • In 2017/18, small charities received less money from the public in donations than they did in 2013/14.
  • Comparatively, large charities have seen an increase in the amount of donations they received from the public.

How much money do small charities receive in grants from the voluntary sector?

  • In 2017/18, small charities received £893m in grants from the voluntary sector.
  • Since 2013/14, small charities have received a reasonably steady level of grants from the voluntary sector, between £821m and £901m.

What share of grants from independent funders go to small charities?

  • 59% of grants from independent grantmakers went to small charities in 2019.
  • The share of grants distributed to small charities has increased over a five year period, particularly to those with an income of over £100k.
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Workforce and Volunteers

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Skills and Capabilities

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Further reading

NCVO 2020 UK Civil Society Almanac 2020

360 Giving (ND) Grantnav: search and download UK grants data

Third Sector Trends Research 2020 The Strength of Weak Ties: How charitable trusts and foundations collectively contribute to civil society in North East England