BME groups 'less trusting of charities'

People from black or minority ethnic backgrounds are less likely than white people to think charities are trustworthy and more likely to think they are unprofessional, Charity Commission research on public trust in charities reveals.

About 66 per cent of BME respondents thought charities trustworthy, compared with 75 per cent of white people. Seventeen per cent thought charities were unprofessional, compared with 10 per cent of white respondents.

There were also significant differences between people from different ethnic backgrounds over the factors that make charities trustworthy. BME respondents were far more likely than white respondents to trust charities if they were large, had well-known patrons and provided services in other countries.

In all, 40 per cent of white respondents claimed to have received money, advice or support from charities, compared with only 26 per cent of BME respondents.

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