Every day thousands of people in the UK give their time and money to support good causes. They are the lifeblood of our thriving civil society. Charities large and small depend on the goodwill of their supporters to enable them to pursue their charitable missions. As a result they are able to help some of the most vulnerable people in society and address some of the biggest challenges of our time.

It is important that we celebrate the contribution that so many people make towards creating a stronger society, and that we acknowledge the vital role that people power plays in making the work of charities possible.
However, we also know that there is a small segment of the population that does the lion’s share when it comes to powering charities.

Our report focuses on this ‘Civic Core’ – the minority of people in Britain who are responsible for the majority of the social action.


  • Just 9 per cent of people give 66 per cent of the time and money donated to charities – the country’s “Civic Core”
  • 7 per cent of people in the “Middle Ground” of giving account for the remaining 34 per cent of charitable activity
  • 24 per cent do little or nothing for charity – the “Zero Givers”


Read the report 'Britain's Civic Core' (pdf)

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