Fundraising Training

Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

Fundraising Tips for Surviving a Recession

Statistics on UK Fundraising The UK Voluntary sector is made up of a vast and diverse range of organisations, both small and large. Many of you will represent groups which are still growing, evolving and developing all the time. This resource presents some of the statistics on how and what the sector fund raises for. Do you know what your group’s annual income was last year? Income of Registered Charities In England And Wales As at the middle of June 2006 there were 167,752 “main” charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission . The total annual income of all registered charities was £39.650 billion. Of this income approximately 45 – 50% is derived from some form of grant. When this income is broken down by individual charities we find that many are very small organisations, and that the financial wealth of registered charities, measured by their annual income, is concentrated in just a few very large charities. This is demonstrated in the following figures: • the majority of registered charities have an income of £10,000 or less. They represent nearly two-thirds of registered charities but have less than 1% of the income recorded. • around 8% of charities receive over 90% of the total annual income recorded. • the largest 602 charities (0.36% of those on the register) attract over 47% of the total income. National Centre for Volunteering quotes the following statistics: 22 million adults volunteer each year and complete 90 million hours of work a week (source not stated). See the Institute of Volunteering lesson link for more figures. Did you know that the Charity Commission's guidance states that if an organisation has charitable aims then it must apply to the Commission for registration. The only exception is if the income of such an organisation is less than a certain amount, as specified by law (£10,000 a year at the time of going to print). See http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/ for details on charitable aims and the registration process. Fundraising Methods There are many ways in which charitable groups in the UK raise money, other than applying for grants. The main methods are detailed below: • Fundraising from organised events • Charging subscription/entrance/activity fees to members/users • Public donations • Income from one off appeals • Income generation from trading goods or services • Income from investments • Income from rentals or loan of assets • Sponsorship from local business Conclusion A small investment in training can bring huge rewards to your organisation. The advantages of studying online can be very attractive too, when staff and budgets are under pressure: there are no supply costs, no travel costs or travel time, you have immediate access to materials and complete flexibility around choosing when to study. And the course leads to a ready made bid, funding strategy and trust appeal.

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