Understanding faith-based charities

NPC’s programme of research on faith-based charities aims to increase understanding of faith-based charities across the sector.

Our first step was to identify the population of faith-based charities. Though a variety of classifications exist, we realised that they all underrepresented the true numbers. Over a number of months we developed our own approach—combining existing classifications with text analysis to create a more comprehensive dataset.

We believe this is the most advanced and up-to-date analysis of faith-based charities in Great Britain. It shows that 27% of charities in Great Britain are faith-based.

This paper presents only initial findings. The dataset provides the possibility for further analysis, for instance examining charitable income by faith, geographical distribution of faith-based charities, comparisons of faith-based charities against population size, and trends in the size and shape of the faith-based sector. We plan to undertake this further analysis, which will be complemented by a survey with both faith-based and non faith-based charities.

Follow #FaithCharities on Twitter for updates and please get in touch with Rachel Wharton if you have any questions or would like to be involved in our programme of work.



More from our research on faith-based charities