It’s Small Charity Week – time to recognise and reflect on the work of smaller charities.
We have summarised what we know about small charities, including who they are, what they do and how their are funded.
What data do we have for small charities?
There is not one definition of small charities. The Foundation for Social Improvement, the organiser of Small Charity Week, refers to small charities as those with an income of less than £1.5m.. Within the Almanac, we define micro charities as those with an income under £10,000 and small charities as those with an income under £100,000. In general, there is relatively limited financial data for micro and small organisations due to the low reporting requirements from the Charity Commission.
Almanac 2017 – Top facts
This is what we know about micro and small charities based on the Almanac 2017:
- They make up 82% of all voluntary organisations
- Most of them are very small with an income below £10,000 a year
- Nearly 80% operate at a local level
- They receive little (16%) of their funding from government
- They are less likely to have fixed assets or reserves
Full slide deck
Find all top facts and more information about small charities in this slide deck.
- theFSI small charity membership
- Charity Commission (2015) Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials March 2015