An overview of charitable giving in the UK

CAF UK GIVING 2018

UK Giving 2018 reveals who gives to good causes, how people give and which charities are most likely to receive support.

Read the full report

UPDATE

The 2019 edition of UK Giving is now available to download.

ABOUT UK GIVING

UK Giving is the largest study of giving behaviour in the UK. This year’s report is bigger and better with over 12,000 people interviewed across the UK in 2017, allowing us to look in more detail than ever before at patterns of giving.

KEY FINDINGS FROM UK GIVING 2018

The key findings for individual giving in the UK in 2017 are:

  • The total amount given to charity increased to £10.3 billion – however, this is driven by fewer people giving more.
  • The number of people who gave to charity either via donations or sponsoring someone in 2017 decreased from the previous year – led by the decrease in sponsorship.
  • November and December were the peak months for donations to charity whilst June was the peak month for sponsoring someone. 
  • People continued to sign petitions and take part in public demonstrations in 2017 at the high levels seen for the first time in 2016.
  • Despite innovation in charitable giving over the years, cash remains the main way in which people give, although the level has decreased slightly in 2017.
  • Women remain more likely than men to participate in charitable and social activity though the gap is widening rather than narrowing between the two groups.
  • Trust in charity remains an issue with no movement since 2016, with 50% agreeing that charities are trustworthy. Men in particular are most likely to disagree that charities are trustworthy. 
UK Giving 2018 infographic

MONTHLY INSIGHTS INTO UK GIVING

In addition to our annual survey, each month we ask more than 1000 UK adults about their giving behaviour and attitudes towards charities, with a focus on latest news and trends. The results are published as an infographic and published online and available free via email. Subscribe to receive our free monthly UK Giving infographic.

  • Climate change protest

    Charities role in the climate change debate

    To find out what role charities should play in the growing climate change debate, we asked people who they thought had most effectively led the climate change conversation.
  • Can charities unite the country

    Can charities bring the country back together?

    The UK is split. That's been the overwhelming message since the EU referendum in 2016. So for August's UK Giving infographic we asked the public if they thought charities could play a role in bringing the country back together.
  • CAF UK Giving Report 150x150

    How giving compares across the UK

    July's UK Giving infographic looks at giving across the UK and how we give as a nation. Download it using the link above to find out how each area of the UK gets involved in charitable activities.

Recent UK Giving Reports

Charities Aid Foundation has been researching UK giving trends since 1975. Earlier reports can be found in our publications library. All of our research is free to read and download. Sign up to receive news of our latest research publications.
   

UK Giving 2016

This report looks into how much is donated, who the donors are, where the donations go and the trends over time.

Read UK Giving

UK Giving 2017 report

Discover insight into donor behaviour, key issues affecting charities and responses to significant UK events.

Read the 2017 report
UK Giving

CAF UK Giving 2019

The number of people in the UK regularly giving to charity has declined for the third year in a row, according to our latest UK Giving report.

Read the report