More than half of UK charities expect income to rise in 2011

Survey finds three-quarters of organisations anticipate greater demand for their services, but two-thirds think staff levels will not increase

Charity income expected to rise
Charity income expected to rise

Most charities in the UK expect their total income to increase next year, research released at the International Fundraising Congress indicates.

2010 State of the Not-for-Profit Industry, which was completed by 250 not-for-profit organisations in the UK in June and July, found that 59 per cent of those surveyed believed their total income would rise in 2011.

Despite the fact that 75 per cent of respondents expected demand for their services to rise next year, 66 per cent said they thought their staff levels would decrease or stay the same.

The research, carried out by software services firm Blackbaud, found that UK organisations saw Gift Aid as the most likely area for an increase in income this year, with 46 per cent expecting a rise. Forty two per cent expected an increase in individual giving and only 15 per cent expected an increase in government grants.

The survey also found that there had been a significant increase in the number of donors who ask for updates on how their money is spent.

Forty four per cent of respondents said donors ask to be updated on this in this year’s survey, compared with about 25 per cent in the 2007 to 2009 reports.

There was also a significant increase in the number of donors who asked that their contribution be restricted for a certain purpose, from 22 per cent last year to 52 per cent this year.

Of the organisations reporting an increasing number of restricted gifts, almost half said they were having trouble getting funds for general operating purposes.

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