In April 2016 we published research that showed 27% (49,881) of 187,495 registered charities in Great Britain are faith-based. Despite making up a significant part of the sector, remarkably little is known about the effect of faith on how charitable organisations operate and what they can achieve. So we’re conducting ongoing research to try and find out more.
This paper builds on our analysis as we continue to explore the role of faith-based organisations. Here we take a closer look at the income of faith-based charities, the areas they work in, and how long established they are. We also put this in the context of non faith-based charities and the sector as a whole.
- There are 49,881 faith-based charities in England and Wales, with a combined income of £16.3bn.
- Religious charities make up nearly half of all overseas aid charities (49%) and human rights charities (45%), as well as 4 in 10 anti-poverty charities (39%).
- A higher proportion of faith-based charities (34%) were registered with the Charity Commission in the last ten years than non faith-based (25%).
More from our research on faith-based charities
Following an 18-month programme of research into the role of faith-based charities, here we draw together the key findings of this work. We outline what makes faith-based charities unique, the contribution they make to the wider charity sector, and the challenges and opportunities they face.
We define faith-based charities as organisations that embody some form of religious belief in their mission, founding history or project content. Today we can say with some certainty that the role of faith-based charities in the charity sector is changing; as is the context in which they work.
Initial data from NPC's programme of research on faith-based charities showing they represent 27% of charities in Great Britain.