Nearly half of charities say their income is rising, Third Sector survey finds

Forty-two percent of respondents say income is up and 32 per cent say donations are increasing, according to the latest State of the Sector poll

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An increasing proportion of charities are reporting rising income, the latest State of the Sector survey has shown.

The biennial poll, carried out with almost 600 charity professionals by Third Sector with the consultancy nfpSynergy, showed that there had been a 12 percentage point rise since the last survey in the proportion of charities that said their income was increasing.

The survey showed that 42 per cent of respondents said income at their charity was increasing, compared with 30 per cent in 2012.

Similarly, 32 per cent of respondents said donations were up, 10 percentage points higher than in 2012.

Thirty-nine per cent of respondents said that overall income was falling, compared with 48 per cent two years ago, and 27 per cent said donations were down, a fall of five percentage points.

The survey also showed that 34 per cent of respondents reported a rise in the number of people employed at the charity, compared with 30 per cent in 2012.

A third, 33 per cent, said employee numbers were down, three percentage points lower than last time.

The survey showed a general sense of disillusionment with the government and politics in general.

Almost 40 per cent of respondents said they had "no idea" which political party had the best policies for the sector, and 23 per cent said "none of them".

Twenty per cent chose Labour, 8 per cent the Greens, 5 per cent the Liberal Democrats and 4 per cent the Conservatives.

Read Third Sector’s full analysis of the results here.

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