Giving increases in Northern Ireland

Faith-based organisations push donations up by 4% in 2008

Charitable donations in Northern Ireland other than those made in places of worship fell by 10 per cent between 2005 and 2007, according to a new report.

The Northern Ireland Giving Survey 2008, carried out by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, showed giving outside places of worship dropped from £199m to £180m over the two years.

However, overall donations, including those given in places of worship, increased by more than 4 per cent, from £310m to £324m. The proportion of donors giving in places of worship increased by nearly 10 percentage points from 40.8 per cent in 2005 to 50.5 per cent in 2007.

Nicva polled a random selection of 1,008 adults by telephone interview during November 2007. It found 84 per cent of those surveyed had donated in the previous month - down from 2005, when 94 per cent of those surveyed had done so.

The survey also revealed that Gift Aid had not been claimed on 70.4 per cent of eligible donations, representing a loss of £48.2m in 2007. This was an improvement on 2005, when 78 per cent of donations did not make use of tax-effective giving.

The most popular form of giving in Northern Ireland, according to the survey, was cash donations, preferred by 70.6 per cent of adults surveyed. Only 0.6 per cent of respondents said they had donated online.

The research also found that the average donation was £22.69 per month.

KEY POINTS

- Overall donations increased by more than 4 per cent

- The proportion of donors giving in places of worship increased by 9.7 percentage points

- Cash donations in places of worship accounted for 36.9 per cent of all donations

- 4.5 per cent of donors had left a charitable bequest

- 70.6 per cent of respondents preferred donating cash

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