Worrying donation figures leads to ‘Back Charities’ campaign

The findings of a large drop in charity donations reported in 'UK Giving 2012', produced by NCVO and Charities Aid Foundation, has prompted the launch of a Back Britain's Charities campaign http://backbritainscharities.org.uk. A twenty per cent drop in 2011/12 (taking inflation into account) means that the public gave £1.7bn less to charity than the previous year "according to the longest-running and most authoritative annual study of giving across the United Kingdom" – CAF news release.

The Back Britain's Charities campaign asks for 5 things: individual support, modernisation and promotion of Gift Aid and Payroll Giving, no disproportionate public sector cuts for charities, continued or increased business support, working with government to modernise fundraising and improve impact. See http://backbritainscharities.org.uk/what-do-we-want/.

NCVO's head of research responds to criticism of the research in 'UK Giving 2012: why I think we are right . . but hope we are wrong'. New Philanthropy Capital reacts to the report with 'Why impact is more important than ever'.

Third Sector reports a membership survey by Locality which shows that community groups in England had experienced a fall in their total income of about 8 per cent over the past year, http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/go/news/article/1159412/.