Study shows income fall over five years for small charities but big rise for large charities

Figures published by the online giving platform Charity Choice show that the top 5 per cent of charities receive 85 per cent of all charitable income

Charity Choice
Charity Choice

Small charities experienced a 11 per cent decline in annual income over the five years to 2011/12, while large charities experienced a 31 per cent increase, according to data published today by Charity Choice, an online giving platform.

The figures, which are adjusted for inflation, are based on all charities with five years’ comparative data. Data was taken from Charity Financials, a website containing UK charities’ financial information, which is based on income and expenditure data from the Charity Commission.

Charity Choice found that the combined income of 115,803 charities with annual incomes of less than £1m fell from £7.69bn to £6.84bn in the five years to 2011/12 when measured in real terms.

Over the same period, the income of the 5,345 charities with an income of more than £1m rose from £33.37bn to £43.62bn in real terms.

The data also shows that the top 5 per cent of charities receive 85 per cent of all charitable income.

The data was released to coincide with the launch of a Charity Twinning programme, which pairs representatives from large and small charities to share knowledge and experience.


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