Sector facts and figures

30th June 2014

Annual income bracket
Number of charities
%
Annual income £bn
%
£0 to £10,000
68,550
41.7
0.228
0.4
£10,001 to £100,000
54,964
33.4
1.934
3.0
£100,001 to £500,000
20,871
12.7
4.609
7.3
£500,001 to £5,000,000
8,302
5.1
12.502
19.7
£5,000,000 plus
1,976
1.2
44.165
69.6
SUB-TOTAL
154,663
94.1
63.438
100.0
Not yet known
9,682
5.9
0.000
0.0
TOTAL
164,345
100.0
63.438
100.0

31st March 2014

Annual income bracket
Number of charities
%
Annual income £bn
%
£0 to £10,000
68,699
41.9
0.229
0.4
£10,001 to £100,000
54,779
33.4
1.933
3.1
£100,001 to £500,000
20,756
12.6
4.601
7.3
£500,001 to £5,000,000
8,237
5.0
12.445
19.8
£5,000,000 plus
1,944
1.2
42.538
69.4
SUB-TOTAL
154,415
94.1
62.746
100.0
Not yet known
9,693
5.9
0.000
0.0
TOTAL
164,108
100.0
62.746
100.0

31st December 2013

Annual income bracket
Number of charities
%
Annual income £bn
%
£0 to £10,000
68,658
41.9
0.228
0.4
£10,001 to £100,000
54,593
33.3
1.926
3.1
£100,001 to £500,000
20,625
12.6
4.578
7.4
£500,001 to £5,000,000
8,146
5.0
12.326
20.1
£5,000,000 plus
1,918
1.2
42.373
69.0
SUB-TOTAL
153,940
94.0
61.431
100.0
Not yet known
9,769
6.0
0.000
0.0
TOTAL
163,709
100.0
61.431
100.0

30th September 2013

Annual income bracket
Number of charities
%
Annual income £bn
%
£0 to £10,000
68,719
42.1
0.229
0.4
£10,001 to £100,000
54,321
33.2
1.918
3.1
£100,001 to £500,000
20,362
12.5
4.527
7.4
£500,001 to £5,000,000
8,137
5.0
12.301
20.2
£5,000,000 plus
1,892
1.2
41.984
68.9
SUB-TOTAL
153,431
94.0
60.959
100.0
Not yet known
9,930
6.0
0.000
0.0
TOTAL
163,361
100.0
60.959
100.0

Recent history - 1999 to 2013

At 31 Dec

Total number
of charities

Annual gross income
£bn

Number of
large charities

(annual income
> £10 million)

Annual gross income
£bn

Proportion of total income
%

2013
163,709
61.43
1,005
35.88
58.4
2012
162,915
58.48
958
33.50
57.3
2011
161,649
55.87
901
31.75
56.8
2010
162,415
53.86
883
30.10
55.9
2009
160,515
51.74
833
28.26
54.6
2008
168,354
48.40
747
25.67
53.0
2007
169,297
44.55
679
22.41
50.3
2006
168,609
41.26
627
20.10
48.7
2005
167,466
37.86
570
17.59
46.5
2004
166,336
34.86
511
15.84
45.4
2003
164,781
31.62
460
14.19
44.9
2002
162,335
29.45
421
13.04
44.3
2001
160,778
26.71
372
11.42
42.7
2000
159,845
24.56
336
10.27
41.8
1999
163,355
23.74
307
10.19
42.9

Notes

The figures above are based on the annual gross income reported by charities in their annual returns. Annual gross income differs from the total incoming resources reported in the Statement of Financial Activities (SoFA) prepared by charities in the following ways:

  • Gross income is used to determine reporting and scrutiny requirements in accordance with charity law.
  • Prior to 2008, gross income excluded newly endowed resource, gains or losses on disposals of “own use” assets during the year and the financial activity of subsidiaries.
  • From 2008 onwards, because of the advent of group accounts, the definition of gross income was changed to bring it more closely into line with the total incoming resources reported in the SOFA and in particular to include the financial activity of subsidiaries and any gains or losses on disposal of own use assets.

The change of definition described above will mean that the income figures displayed on this page from 2009 onwards will not be directly comparable to the historic figures shown. During the transition the figures displayed will be based on a mix of the old and new definitions.

At an aggregate level the total income figures for all registered charities inevitably includes an element of double counting. Double counting arises when resources are transferred between charities and counted in both.

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