1. Helping individuals give to charity
  2. Making charities stronger
  3. CAF Venturesome >
  4. Governance >
  5. Global Alliance >
  6. Campaigns and Public Affairs >
  7. Research >
  8. Blog Home >
  9. CAF Resilience programme >
  10. Careers >
  11. Media office >
    1. CAF welcomes party leaders’ commitments to Legacy 10 campaign
    2. CAF welcomes launch of Give More campaign
    3. New online tool for charities makes social investment simple
    4. Religious donors give more than double those of no faith
    5. Paul Cheng moves on from CAF
    6. Ted Hart appointed new CEO of CAF America
    7. CAF respond to arts donation figures
    8. Government urged to foster stronger giving culture
    9. Tax changes could strangle major donations - says charity
    10. Motherhood can change our giving
    11. CAF and Legal & General to launch pioneering local social investment scheme
    12. Charity staff in Kent help bring in £37,000 for Sport Relief
    13. CAF leads campaign with NCVO to drop ‘charity tax’
    14. Philanthropists say Budget change will slash charitable donations
    15. CAF responds to Chancellor's comments about tax relief
    16. Top charity execs: Government cap on tax relief will hit donations from major donors
    17. Poll reveals scale of backbench discontent on charity tax changes
    18. CAF responds to comments made by Treasury minister David Gauke
    19. South London music charity keeps up their good work
    20. Fewer than one in four support Government tax relief cap on charitable donations
    21. CAF congratulates winners of 2012 Business Charity Awards
    22. The Sunday Times Giving List 2012
    23. Charity Awards 2012 shortlist
    24. Charity Tax cap will cost society up to £1.5 billion a year
    25. Pasty tax and caravan tax: charity tax must be next to save “Big Society” says charity
    26. Our response to Government u-turn on charity tax
    27. Her Majesty’s Charity Work is an Example to the World
    28. HALO Trust wins top award at Charity Awards 2012
    29. Government announces endowment funds to arts organisations
    30. CAF comments on Government's announcement on Giving
    31. Donations to Armed Forces charities surge, while giving to other charities dips
    32. United Score in First Premiership Battle as Britain’s First League of Giving is Revealed
    33. CAF Social Impact Fund supports 80,000 in a year, as demand for charity funding grows
    34. Community sports clubs and charities face 15% slump in income – despite 'Olympic Effect'
    35. Make people with disabilities role models say public as Paralympic Effect takes hold – poll
    36. Payroll Giving organisations seek ways to work together
    37. Banking reforms will cost charities millions, say charity leaders
    38. Ed Balls Tops CAF's Generation Game
    39. Charities face generation time-bomb, as younger people lose the habit of giving – report
    40. Government-backed programme to fund ‘good causes’ launches
    41. Government payment by results reforms risk leaving charities in the cold – report
    42. Banking Reform Bill will leave charity cash at risk
    43. CAF responds to PM's announcement on payment-by-results contracts
    44. CAF contact centre 7th in top industry award
    45. Donations to charity fall by 20% as fewer people give, UK Giving 2012 finds
    46. Charities Aid Foundation backing this year’s Children in Need
  12. Events >
  13. Publications >
  14. CAF Glossary of terms
  15. Security centre >

Media office

CAF is one of Europe’s largest charitable foundations. We produce research on charities and charitable giving, develop policy ideas and work with people, companies and charities to help good causes thrive.

Our Media team provides journalists with comments, interviews and information. We can be contacted 24/7 and have an ISDN line for broadcast interviews. Call us on 03000 123 286.

Press releases

Contact our Media team

Press office direct line (24 hours): 03000 123 286

 

Charity running up by a third as more men join the boom – research

13 April 2014

Nearly seven million Britons have raised money for charity through running in the last 12 months, according to a survey released today.

This is a 36% rise since the previous year, as two million more people join the continuing boom for fun runs. Each runner is also raising £78 more than in 2012/13, the average increasing to £358.

The figures, from a survey conducted for CAF, which helps people and businesses support the causes they care about and provides financial services designed for the charitable sector, also found that men are moving ahead when it comes to running for charity, a trend which could account for the overall rise.

Whilst 52% of runners are men, just 48% of runners are women. This is a reversal of last year’s results, where 44% of runners were men and 56% were women.

There has been a surge in the number of men taking part in fun runs this year, with 16% saying they have taken part in one previously, compared to just 10% last year. This year, men raised on average £396 compared to women raising an average of £319.

The results come in time for this year’s London Marathon hits the streets of the capital, which has raised over £600 million for good causes since the race began in 1981.

The survey found:

  • 4.9m people have raised money for charity through running in the year ending April 2013, growing to 6.8m in the year to April 2014
  • The number of people claiming to have raised money through running for charity in their lifetime jumped up by five percentage points – from 14% to 19%
  • The average age of a runner is 42
  • Medical research is the most popular cause overall (48%), followed by Hospitals and hospices (20%) and then Children and Young people (16%).

John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many people out there willing to push themselves to the limit and go the extra mile for the causes they care about.

“Charities are clearly getting better at making running events attractive to men, a space which has previously been dominated by ‘pink’ events like Race for Life.

“With issues of male health more in the public eye and higher endurance events such as Tough Mudder gaining popularity, it’s unsurprising that more men are stepping up to the mark and getting involved.

“Sponsorship plays such an important part for all UK charities – not just in terms of the money it brings in, but as a platform to raise awareness about the great work being done by groups across the UK – large and small.”

Media contacts

For more information please contact a member of our media team.

Back to top