Sector stats show rise in volunteering and income

The latest edition of NCVO’s UK Civil Society Almanac, mainly covering data from 2013/14, is now out.

NCVO’s news release leads with

The income of Britain’s biggest charities grew in 2013/14, while that of smaller and medium-sized charities’ decreased in real terms, new analysis shows, continuing a long-term trend.

An indepth look at the figures by Civil Society News points out the number of ‘super-major charities’ has grown faster (40 against 33 in the previous year) than their overall income. ‘Super-major’ here means those with incomes of over a hundred million pounds. Civil Society News overall coverage of the stats.

NCVO’s own introductory article to Almanac 2016 gives headline data, which includes

  • There has been a sharp rise in youth volunteering
  • The voluntary sector paid workforce rose once again to 827,000 in 2015
  • There was a small increase in income to the sector this year, now standing at £43.8bn
  • The voluntary sector’s assets are disproportionately held by a small number of large organisations

NCVO’s dedicated data web pages for UK Civil Society Almanac 2016 for much more detail – but there are an introduction, “fast facts” etc. too.

Update: Charity Finance Group has a useful blog ‘Things to take from the NCVO Civil Society Almanac 2016‘ – its four sub-heads are Charities are diversifying for the future, Small and medium sized charities won’t survive unless funders take action, Pension deficits are not going away, It costs money to make money.

Volunteering increases

Two NCVO articles of particular interest to those involved in volunteering.

More young volunteers: The proportion of young people saying they volunteer has increased by more than half in recent years.

What the latest volunteering data means for volunteer managers.


We note in passing that the equivalent VoluntaryNews item for last year wasn’t published until mid-June.