Cost of living crisis puts £3.2 billion of potential charity donations under threat

New poll data compiled on behalf of Big Give, the UK’s largest match funding organisation, has identified that due to the cost of living crisis, 25% of the public will give less to charity this Christmas, which if spread across a year represents a staggering £3.2 billion. Last year, the UK public donated an estimated £12.7 billion to charity, according to Charities Aid Foundation*. In addition, a significant number (20%) of the respondents polled by Savanta** are not planning to donate to charity at all in December. Of those who…

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UK is one of the world’s most generous countries

The UK is the third most generous population in the world when it comes to giving money to charity, behind only Indonesia and Myanmar, according to research by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). The CAF World Giving Index is one of the biggest surveys on giving ever produced, with millions of people interviewed around the world since 2009. This year’s Index includes data from 142 countries where people were asked three questions: have they helped a stranger, given money or volunteered for a good cause over the past month. But…

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Charities forced to turn people away due to entrenched financial challenges

Charities are struggling to continue delivering services to the people that need them, and some are turning people away. New research this month from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) with more than 600 organisations, finds that more than half of charities (53%) surveyed say they are at full capacity for their services. Of these, two-fifths (41%) say they cannot help anyone else, and one in eight (12%) say they have been forced to turn people-in-need away. Charities responding to the research included food banks, community groups and support services. A…

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Charities Aid Foundation distributes record amount in support of charities

£1.1 billion was donated to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) on behalf of individuals and businesses last year. The Trustees Report for 2022/23 highlights how CAF helped hundreds of thousands of charities to build their resilience in tough economic times. For nearly a century, CAF has worked with individuals, businesses and government to increase giving and make a bigger difference. Last year, donations from private and corporate clients in the UK, US and Canada enabled CAF to distribute more than £1 billion for the first time, so charities could do…

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Charitable giving by FTSE 100 companies drops by 26% in a decade

New research by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) suggests that the UK’s largest listed companies have cut back on their giving to charities. This year’s Corporate giving by the FTSE 100 report shows that companies gave £1.85 billion to charities last year, significantly less than the £2.51 billion they gave a decade ago. Considering increases in inflation during this period, this represents an even more dramatic cut to crucial charitable funding in real terms. The report shows that the total amount donated in 2022 is the same as in 2016 -when the…

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