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 (2016-17) was £93 million, an increase of 20% on the previous financial year. We received increased funding from all three of our main donors: the UK government, the European Union, and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).

During the year we received £11.7 million in funding through donations and legacies from corporate partners and individuals, including £1.5 million from Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeals.

You can find our full financial statements in our Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17.

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 2016-17, the UK government provided just under £65 million in funding (comprising £60 million in direct project funding and £5 million in unrestricted funding). Details of our income in 2016-17 and of projects funded by DFID and other institutional donors can be seen in Note 2 to our 2016-17 financial statements:

Income and project funding details 2016-17

Other major institutional funders include the European Union, which provided £8.9 million in 2016-17, and the European Commission’s emergency response fund ECHO, which provided £6.6 million.

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Private sector partnerships

Our partnerships with private sector companies provided £5 million in funding for a variety of projects in 2016-17. You can download a list of major donors including trusts, foundations and companies (taken from our Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17) below:

Thank you to our supporters - List of donors 2016-17

Financial statements

Our full financial statements are included in our Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17.