Small charities: Key findings from our data

21/01/2019 As a membership body, NCVO supports charities of all sizes. This is reflected in our practical training offers, our strategic partnerships, our policy work and in the research we do. Last month, we published some analysis on Britain’s largest charities. This month we look at organisations with an income below £100,000. This blog summarises what […]

What we know about Britain’s biggest charities

05/12/2018 Each year, when we publish the Civil Society Almanac, we focus on answering top-level questions. For example: how many people volunteer? how much income do charities receive from the public? But there are plenty of other areas that are worth exploring in more depth. With that in mind, we have been taking a closer look at […]

New volunteering data out today

29/07/2018 This morning the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published the latest results from its Community Life Survey. This survey provides the most reliable data on volunteering rates in England. This blog presents some of the key findings from the 2017/18 data. Overall levels of volunteering are stable Today’s data shows that […]

Are EU staff leaving the charity sector?

04/06/2018 One of the things we noticed when compiling our UK Civil Society Almanac – the authoritative resource on the sector’s finances – was a notable drop in European staff working in the sector. The number of European staff fell by a dramatic 20% – or 7,800 individuals – between June 2016 and June 2017, […]

Almanac 2018: What does the data tell us?

09/05/2018 The NCVO’s UK Civil Society Almanac is a rich source of information on the voluntary sector. To be as complete and accurate as possible, we bring together: data from charities’ accounts, the Charity Commission’s open data, and national surveys. We publish our research findings on: our website, a summary publication (forthcoming), and an animated […]

Why people volunteer and why they stop – what the latest data tells us

22/03/2018 The UK Civil Society Almanac provides a comprehensive overview of the UK voluntary sector with a lot of information on finance, workforce and volunteering. Ahead of the Almanac 2018 launch in May, we’re giving a sneak preview of the latest data on motivations and barriers to volunteering. People get into volunteering to do good […]

Almanac 2017 animations: Top facts about the charity sector and volunteering

19/02/2018 Are you looking for the top facts on the charity sector and volunteering? Then browse through our short, bit-sized animations for the Almanac 2017: all the headlines in just a few seconds. Top facts about the voluntary sector Top facts about income Top facts about workforce Top facts about volunteering

Don’t take it for granted: Five lessons learned from the data on grant making in the UK

19/10/2017 We know from the Almanac 2014/15 that grants to the voluntary sector represent a total of £6.3bn, which is 14% of the total income of the sector. Most granted money (93%) comes from other voluntary organisations (47%) or the government (46%). Despite its importance to the sector, the proportion of the money given out in […]

Getting involved: How people make a difference

13/12/2017 In November we launched our publication Getting Involved: How people make a difference (pdf, 3.4MB), which is part of our Almanac series of publications that aim to improve understanding of civil society and inform current debates. Drawing on data from a wide range of sources and full of the latest statistics, this new publication […]

Five numbers that describe the European Union workforce in the UK voluntary sector

25/09/2017 The UK Civil Society Almanac presents each year information on the voluntary sector workforce using data from the Labour Force Survey by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Following the referendum in June 2016, we thought we’d take a look at the numbers and proportions of European Union nationals working in the UK voluntary […]

A changing funding landscape for charities involved in criminal justice

31/07/2017 This month, Clinks launched their State of The Sector report which looks at how voluntary organisations working in criminal justice are doing. This year the report is based on NCVO research comprising an analysis of financial accounts of such organisations based on the NCVO Almanac data set, as well as a survey and follow […]

Almanac webinar on key findings and policy implications

27/07/2017 In July NCVO ran a webinar exploring the key findings and policy implications coming out of the 2017 UK Civil Society Almanac data. A recording of the webinar is now available and can be watched here, as well as on this page below. The webinar focused on four key themes : Income and spending in the […]

Top facts about small charities

21/06/2017 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 […]

The Children and Young People’s Voluntary Sector

08/02/2017 Once again, we have produced a financial analysis of the children and young people’s voluntary sector in England, based on Almanac data from 2013/14. Within the report, we analysed two populations: The ‘core’ population – Organisations for whom children and young people are the primary beneficiaries. The ‘wider’ population – Organisations for whom children […]

Interactive visualisations of Almanac data

29/07/2016 We are always exploring new ways to communicate Almanac data, such as our recent animated videos, available here for the 2016 edition. Currently our charts (although downloadable) are mostly static, which limits the amount of information that we can include in any one graphic. Therefore here we have experimented with presenting some of the data […]

A focus on small charities

17/06/2016 It’s Small Charity Week and time to recognise and reflect on the work of smaller charities. A recent report published by IPPR North highlighted the importance of small charities in wider society, arguing that they are most likely to be rooted and embedded in communities, often engaging with local problems and the hardest to […]