Funding and finance
In 2013/14, the sector's income was £43.8bn; nearly 80% of its funding was from individuals and government. Donations from individuals generated £7.2bn, accounting for 16% of total income, while contracts and grants from government bodies, worth £15.0bn, generate a third of the sector’s income (34%).
Find out more on the top issues in the funding and finance environment below, along with our most recent blogs.
If you’re looking for practical advice on funding, check out the guides on the NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit knowledge bank, or Funding Central to search for funding opportunities. There’s information specifically on our contracts and commissioning work on our public services pages and on Knowhow.
Take a look at the UK Civil Society Almanac for information on the sector's finances.
What we're working on
Autumn Statement 2016
Before the statement, we wrote jointly (PDF, 410KB) with other organisations across the sector calling for a new dialogue between the government and charities.
The Apprenticeship Levy will come into force in April 2017, and will apply to charities with a payroll of more than £3m. NCVO is working to ensure that there are appropriate apprenticeship standards available for charities to use under the scheme. You can read more about the incoming changes on the gov.uk website.
Find out more about funding and finance
- In April 2016 we published Understanding the Capacity and Need to take on Investment within the Social Sector (pdf, 723kb) that should help social investors zone in on the charities and social companies for whom social investment is most likely to be relevant.
- NCVO’s Navigating Change (pdf, 3.1mb) report, commissioned by Lloyds Bank Foundation, explored the finances of 40,000 small and medium-sized charities to improve our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that they face.
- NCVO’s Financial Sustainability Review of the Voluntary Sector (July 2015, pdf, 837kb) analysed trends in the sector’s income, expenditure and assets over the economic recession and recovery, and how headline figures of the sector’s finances have masked vastly different experiences of the wider economic recovery between smaller and larger charities.
Latest funding press releases
- Leading charities commit to put donors in control of fundraising
New recommendations would mean charities would not call members of the public without clear permission.
Plus donors will always have a way to opt out of phone calls and letters under proposals published today.
New proposals published today would put donors in control of their relationships with charities.
Recommendations from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), developed with a group of leading charities, set out new standards that will let donors decide if and how they are contacted by the charities they give to.
Under the proposals, charities that buy data would only call people if they had specifically given their permission to be contacted by that named charity, not simply from agreeing to being ‘happy to receive marketing from selected third parties’. Charities that call their donors or members of the public would also regularly ask them if they are happy to be contacted in the future.
- Big charities continue to grow as smaller charities struggle
Young people’s volunteering levels show sharp increase
The income of Britain’s biggest charities grew in 2013/14, while that of smaller and medium-sized charities’ decreased in real terms, new analysis shows, continuing a long-term trend.