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Charitable donations down 20 per cent in past year

The amount of money given to charity has fallen dramatically over the past year, a new report has found.

16 November 2012

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UK adults gave a total of £9.3bn to charity in 2011/12, a 20 per cent drop from the £11bn of the previous year, said the UK Giving 2012 report. The proportion of people donating to a charitable cause each month decreased from 58 per cent in 2010/11 to 55 per cent last year, with the typical monthly donation also decreasing, from £11 to £10.

The report, based on a survey of 3,000 people, was compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

The CAF and NCVO said Britain remained a “generous and compassionate society”, but charities were nonetheless facing a “deeply worrying” financial situation.

“Some are having to close frontline services. And some are having to make redundancies. We are painfully aware that some face closure.”

It said it suspected small and medium-sized charities were being disproportionately affected by the reductions in giving.

‘Medical research’, ‘hospitals and hospices’ and ‘children and young people’ continue to attract the highest proportion of donors, according to the report. In 2011/12 medical research was supported by 33 per cent of donors and was the most popular cause, as for all previous years of the survey.

Women continue to be more likely to give to charity than men (58 per cent compared to 52 per cent). In 2011/12 women aged 45-64, and women aged 65 or more are the groups mostly to give (62 per cent) and also gave the largest median amount (£15).

Although consistently the most likely to give, the percentage of people in managerial and professional groups giving has decreased (66 per cent compared to 70 per cent in the previous year), as has the amount they give (£17 compared to £20).

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