Lorraine Kelly and Stephen Fry are just some of the celebrities supporting the Charities Aid Foundation campaign.
In these tough economic times, donations to charity have fallen by 20% in real terms in the past year, meaning that £1.7bn less is being donated.
Fewer people are donating to charity, and the average amount given by donors also fell, reflecting the difficult economic climate.
Further research found that:
- 17% of charities fear they may face closure in the next 12 months
- 40% worry that their charity will have to close if the economic situation does not improve
This is compounded by the fact that 67% of charities are reporting an increase in demand for the services that they provide.
A recent Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) poll showed that Britons are extremely concerned about the impact of cuts to charities :
- More than two thirds (69%) fear that local communities will suffer if charity funding is cut, with two thirds believing that they will be personally affected.In addition, there is a strong appreciation of the work that charities do to strengthen communities.
- The survey found that 73% think charities do valuable work in their local communities and more than three quarters of people (77%) believe that charities are well placed to deliver services because of their not-for-profit status.
- Interestingly, only 26% of those asked said that they think the Government is doing enough to support charities.
Many charities, businesses and ordinary individuals have also made concerted efforts to push out the message that we need to ‘Back Britain’s Charities’ in these difficult times.
So please consider supporting the campaign ‘Back Britain’s Charities’ by writing to your local MP, giving the campaign some publicity in newsletters and community magazines, and even blogging on the CAF website to share your story.
Britain’s charities need your help.