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

The Autumn Statement was on 23 November. Read our immediate reaction and reflections on the statement by senior policy officer Michael on the blog.

Before the statement, we wrote jointly (pdf, 410KB) with other organisations across the sector calling for a new dialogue between the government and charities.

Apprenticeship Levy

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.
  • If you’d like to get in touch about a funding and finance issue, drop a line to our senior policy officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Latest funding blogs

Latest funding press releases

NCVO: Boost small charities with dormant assets funding

Charities can expect to see little rise in income from donations or government, with earned income the best prospect for future growth, the charity sector’s representative body said today.

Authoritative new data on the charity sector’s finances published today by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) shows that income from government is at best flat-lining for most of the sector, while the charity representative body forecasts a challenging public fundraising environment as a consequence of broader economic conditions.

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.

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