Her Majesty’s Charity Work is an Example to the World

7 June 2012

Her Majesty, The Queen supports hundreds of British charities to raise £1.4bn a year for good causes, according to new research to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Research by the Charities Aid Foundation, which works with donors and charities to promote giving, shows that the Queen is one of the world’s greatest supporters of charities, helping hundreds of large and small charities of which she is patron raise a total of £1,427,000,000, according to their latest figures.

Queen Elizabeth II is patron to a staggering 510 charities in Britain, including Cancer Research UK, the British Red Cross and Barnado’s. 

The Royal Family sets an amazing example supporting 2,415 charities in Britain and nearly 3,000 worldwide. The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, is the patron of the Charities Aid Foundation.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been following in the Queen’s footsteps with her work for Action on Addiction, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and the Scout Association, among others.

The Queen’s grandchildren support 16 charitable organisations between them.

Prominent in the Queen’s charity work are charities that deal with community and civic causes, which make up 14% of the organisations she supports, followed by education and training charitable organisations which account for a further 14%.

John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

“In this Jubilee year, we say a big thank you to the Queen for setting such a fantastic example through the huge support she, and the whole Royal Family, gives to charities large and small.

“As in so much she does, the Queen has set an amazing example when it comes to her charitable support making an enormous difference to millions of people up and down the country; doing more for charity in the last 60 years than probably any other monarch in history.

“The Diamond Jubilee is all about celebrating the benefit the Queen has brought to this country during her reign, and these figures certainly prove that her support is invaluable to the charity sector.

“We want to promote a culture where supporting charities by giving time or money is the norm. The Queen’s work for charities of all types is an example to all of us.”

Source: The Charities Aid Foundation resource of Charity Commission data available on the Charity Trends website, and the royal charities database.

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