OSCR maps scale and income of Scottish charity sector 1

OSCR maps scale and income of Scottish charity sector 1
Civil Society by Vibeka Mair
24 Jan 2012     

Larger charities in Scotland that are in receipt of government funding get 57 per cent of their total income from public sector sources, while smaller charities in the same boat get just 18 per cent, according to a new survey from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The survey, Scottish Charities 2011, analyses the scale and activity of the charity sector in Scotland. It finds that 23,351 charities are registered with OSCR.

Some 82 per cent of all charities have an annual income of less than £100,000, and 95.3 per cent of total charitable sector income is reported by 7.1 per cent of all charities. Further, the charitable purpose most commonly reported by charities was working to ‘advance education’ at 49.7 per cent, and 34 per cent of charities reported that they had a website.

In addition, OSCR commissioned a survey completed by 942 charities to analyse charities that receive monies from the public sector. This showed that 50 per cent of these charities’ total income came from public funding.
 
Charities with an income in excess of £100,000 got 57 per cent of their income from the public sector – 25 per cent was contract income, while 32 per cent was grants. In sharp contrast, charities reporting an income of less than £99,999 only got 18 per cent of their income from the public sector – 8 per cent was from contracts, while 10 per cent was grant income.

The majority of these charities said that the most important source of funding over the next three years will be contract or core funding.

OSCR’s chief executive, David Robb (pictured), said he hoped the report would provide a useful reference for charities, funders, researchers, and the public.

See here for link to full report