How we raise money

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Thank you for your support

None of our work would be possible without the support of individuals who donate directly to us, take part in fundraising events or campaigns, or donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee, of which we are a member. 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) which in 2015-16 provided funds through a Partnership Programme Arrangement (PPA) as well as direct project funding for a whole range of activities. In financial year 2015-16, we received £41.1 million in direct project funding and £2.7 million through the PPA. (Funding from the PPA ended on 31 December 2016.) Details of DFID-funded projects in 2015-16, along with some projects funded by other institutional donors, can be seen in the table extracted from our 2015-16 financial statements below:

Income and project funding details 2015-16

Other major institutional funders include the European Union, which provided £8.5 million in 2015-16, and the European Commission’s emergency response fund ECHO, which provided £5.7 million.

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Private sector partnerships

Our partnerships with private sector companies provided £7 million in funding for a variety of projects in 2015-16. A full list of companies which provided funding in 2015-16 can be seen on page 63 of our Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16.

Financial statements

Our full financial statements are included in our Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16.