How we raise money

Bushra supervising the construction of her planned pastry shop in Yemen. She received business training and support from a CARE women’s economic empowerment programme.

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Our total income last year (2017-18) was £55.6 million, which was a decrease on the previous financial year. This was due to a challenging environment for securing new programme funding, in particular from our largest institutional donors: the European Union (due to the EU excluding UK NGOs even before Brexit) and DFID (as a result of delays or cancellations in several procurement decisions). While we are making progress on diversifying funding sources this is not at a scale to replace income from these donors.

However, thanks to the continued support of the UK public and from corporate partners, total income from donations increased. In 2017-18, we received £11.6m from donations and legacies from corporate partners and individuals.

We continue to support the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) through campaigns and deploying communications staff, receiving funding of £1.1m from DEC appeals in 2017-18.

You can find a more detailed financial review and our full financial statements in our Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18.

Thank you for your support

None of our work would be possible without the support of individuals who donate directly to us or take part in fundraising events or campaigns. Individual supporters are our main source of ‘unrestricted’ funds, which means we can spend this money where the need is greatest. These ‘unrestricted’ funds also underpin all our work by filling gaps in ‘restricted’ funding (see under ‘Institutional donors’ below) and enabling us to deliver programmes and projects that meet the needs of vulnerable people and communities.

Thank you for your support – we are extremely grateful to the many individuals, agencies, trusts and other organisations whose donations make our work possible.

Our promise to you

We aim to fundraise responsibly and we make this pledge to our supporters:

  • We will always respect your privacy; if you prefer not to be contacted by certain methods please let us know.
  • We will always protect your data; we will not sell your personal details or swap them with any other organisation.
  • We have a supporter care team who are dedicated to you. We always love to hear from you.
  • We will share stories of how your support is helping to change lives for the better.
  • We will be honest with you. If we face challenges or make a mistake we will let you know; we are always learning.
  • We are accountable to the people we reach through your support.

Institutional donors

Most of our income comes from institutional donors and funders, to whom we submit bids for funding for specific programmes and projects. The majority of this income is ‘restricted’ funds, which means the money must be spent on the specific programme or project for which it has been provided. Restricted programme funding often does not cover all of the costs of delivering the programme, so ‘unrestricted’ funds provided by individual supporters and donors play a crucial role in filling the gap and enabling us to deliver life-saving and poverty-fighting programmes on the ground.

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Our largest funder is the UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID). In 2017-18, the UK government provided £37.5 million in funding. Details of our income in 2017-18 and of projects funded by DFID and other institutional donors can be seen in Note 2 to our 2017-18 financial statements.

Other major institutional funders include the European Union, which provided £1.2 million in 2017-18, and the European Commission’s emergency response fund ECHO, which provided £2.3 million.

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Private sector partnerships

Our partnerships with private sector companies provided £5.2 million in funding for a variety of projects in 2017-18. You can download a list of major donors including trusts, foundations and companies (taken from our Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18) below:

Thanks to our supporters 2017-18

Financial statements

Our full financial statements are included in our Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18.