Fundraising: Scottish charities forge ahead on 'community spirit'

Scots are the most generous givers in the UK, according to recent Institute of Fundraising research.

A study of Scottish-based charities showed an income growth of 17 per cent over the past five years, dwarfing that of UK charities, which experienced an average growth of only 3.4 per cent over the same period.

The results from the pilot study - carried out by the IoF and supported by the Centre for Interfirm Comparison and the Charities Aid Foundation - analysed 13 charities with a combined annual income of £31m.

Maureen Harrison, vice-chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scotland, said: "The results show an impressive growth and continuing strength in community fund-raising.

"This tells us a great deal about the continuing existence of the traditional Scottish community spirit."

The study also revealed the need for charities not to rely on one particular income source, but to diversify.

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