Survey Finds UK Charities at Risk from Dwindling Donation Support

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13th November 2012 16:27 - Voluntary

 

The latest survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), covering more than 3,000 Britons, has revealed that charity donations are currently on the decrease.

Donations fell by as much as 20% during 2011/12, with the number of people giving to charity dropping by 3%.

In total, the UK public gave £1.7bn less to charity causes this year, representing a decrease from £11bn in 2010/11 to £9.3bn during 2011/12.

Meanwhile, the average amount that people gave each month fell from £11 to £10 last year, down from the general norm of £12 per month in 2009/10.

The survey further found that the female population continue to be more likely to support charities than men - 58% of women donate in a typical month compared with 52% of men.

Cash was found to be the most common form of giving as it accounted for 50% of donations, while direct debit accounts for just 31% of the total amount donated.

Finally, the study showed that children and young people, medical research, hospitals and hospices are the most popular causes amongst donors, with religious causes receiving the largest donations in general.

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