UK Giving

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INSIGHTS INTO HOW PEOPLE IN THE UK GIVE TO CHARITY

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

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How should the plastic bag levy be used?

Throughout the UK plastic bag levies are in place. Large retailers are required by law to charge 5p for all single use plastic bags and they're expected to give the proceeds of the scheme to good causes. 

For our latest UK Giving survey we asked the public for their views on the levy, and delved into what type of good causes they think should benefit from it.

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MONTHLY INSIGHTS INTO HOW PEOPLE GIVE TO CHARITY

Each month we ask more than 1000 UK adults about their giving behaviour and their thoughts on current charity issues. We publish our findings as a free infographic.  Sign up to receive our latest research by email.

   
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    How should the plastic bag levy be used?

    In October we asked the UK public whether the plastic bag levy has been a positive step and what they think the proceeds should be used for.
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    Charities role in the climate change debate

    To find out what role charities should play in the growing climate change debate, in September 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.
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    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 and not for profit organisations activities.
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    Are more people giving to small charities?

    For Small Charity Week (17-22 June) we asked people about their involvement with small charities.

CAF UK GIVING REPORT 2019

Published annually, the CAF UK Giving Report is the largest study of giving behaviour. Here are some of the key findings from our 2019 report:

  • The proportion of people giving money to charity either by donating or via sponsorship has seen a steady decline between 2016 and 2018.
  • Trust in charities has decreased significantly since 2016.
  • Fewer people report that they are giving money, those who do give are giving higher amounts. 
  • Overall, the total amount given to charity in 2018 remains largely the same as 2017 at £10.1 billion.
  • The number of people taking part in charitable activities has decreased.
  • In 2018 children/young people and animal welfare are join most popular causes.
Discover top months for giving, who is being asked to give and how many people are volunteering in the report.  
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PAST UK GIVING REPORTS

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UK Giving 2018

Find out who gives to good causes, how people give and which charities are most likely to receive support.

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UK Giving

£18 is the median average contribution for a charitable donation or sponsorship.

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UK Giving 2015

Two in three people (67%) have given to charity in the last year.

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