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Sector Statistics

Updated 25/11/13

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Some statistics on the sector. More up-to-date figures should be available from the various organisations mentioned.

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Introduction

Scoping the sector is a developing field. There is no single definitive source, or a definitive definition of what the voluntary sector covers (see Glossary for some suggestions).

For instance, 'registered charities' will not cover all the small community organisations which aren't registered in any way, or not-for-profits which don't fall within the charitable definition (e.g. because their primary aim includes campaigning).

Sources of Charity Statistics

When this content was first written sector statistics were hard to find on the web. Things have improved, so rather than reproducing what is available elsewhere, here are some key sources. (Earlier stats are left on this page, below, for reference).

General

Specific aspects, regions

Various stats

Charity Commission - England and Wales

From Charity Commission Annual Report (covers England and Wales) to March 2002, published July 02:

Following table for 2002 extracted from Commission's site (main charities takes into account subsidiaries and branches):

Annual income bracket (£) Number of main charities % of registered main charities Total annual income (£bn) of charities in each bracket % income of registered main charities
£0-1,000 42,012

26.13%

0.008 bn

0.03%

£1,001-10,000 59,699

37.13%

0.268 bn

1.00%

£10,001-100,000 41,097

25.56%

1.349 bn

5.05%

£100,001-250,000 8,168

5.08%

1.305 bn

4.89%

£250,001-1million

6,164

3.83%

3.008 bn

11.26%

£1m-10m

3,266

2.03%

9.353 bn

35.02%

£10m and over

372

0.24%

11.417 bn

42.75%

Total

160,778

100.00%

26.708 bn

100.00%

Quoted in HM Treasury Review of Charity Taxation Consultation Document: In September 1998, around 187,000 charities in England and Wales were registered with the Charity Commission. There are approx. another 27,000 charities in Scotland, and 7,500 in Northern Ireland.

Trustees/board members, quoted in VolSec Workforce Development Plan, 2001: 750,000 people holding 1.1million positions between them.

England

NCVO Research Almanac 2002 (Jan 2002) UK

Wales

WCVA Almanac 1999

Summary data:

Scotland

SCVO Breakdown from UK Almanac 2002

Northern Ireland

NICVA From State of the Sector III (For 2009, see State of the Sector V)

Other

Volunteering England quotes following statistics: 22 million adults volunteer each year to complete 90 million hours of work a week (source not stated).

Institute of Fiscal Studies Modelling voluntary labour supply (Oct 98):