How we’re funded | ActionAid UK

How we’re funded

We couldn’t do what we do without you – the amazing people who trust us with your money to help women and girls living in poverty change their lives, for good. Below you can see who gives us what.

Our income year on year

The pie chart below shows you who give us how much. As you can see, the largest percentage of our funding comes from individual committed giving: this fantastic support is the best guarantee of our independence as a charity.

To see this in more detail, you can download our annual reports or go to the International Aid Transparency Initiative website.

Income (£m) 2017 2016 2015
Committed giving

This includes income from Child Sponsorship, The Next Step, Basics, Causes of Poverty, LottoAid, and our Country Programme General Fund and any Gift Aid collected from these amounts.

30.6 32.0 32.8
Appeals, individuals and legacies

This includes income from legacies (e.g. Will Aid), Emergency appeals (e.g. Haiti,), regular appeals (e.g. SheCan), Gifts in Action, general donations, payroll giving, events,, and any Gift Aid collected from these amounts.

7.0 5.8 7.0
NGOs, Trusts and companies

This includes income from other NGOs and trusts such as Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund and also from companies. These can take the form of donations or grants.

2.3 2.3 5.8

This is income from the Disasters Emergency Committee.

2.6 0.2 4.3
Government and EU (including DFID PPA)

This includes income in the form of Grants from governments (e.g. the Department for International Development (DFID) and from EU agencies including ECHO and the European Union).

9.8 19.9 15.2
Trading income
2.5 0 0

Other income includes bank interest, sales of education packs, fees from teacher visits and Affinity credit cards.

0.2 0.2 0.1
Totals 55.0 60.4 62.8



Our supporters

We’d like to say a huge thank you for the generous donations of all our supporters, from our community fundraisers through to our child sponsors, who provided over 65% of our income in 2017.

Our institutional donors

We’re also really grateful to the many NGOs, trusts, companies and government or EU funders who combined gave us over 25% of our income in 2017. Thank you!

These our some of our major funders:


Big Lottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund logo

Comic Relief

Comic Relief logo

Department for International Development (DFID)

DFID logo

Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC)

DEC logo

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs logo

European Union

EU Flag

Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission (GOAC)

States of Guernsey logo

Jersey Overseas Aid Commission (JOAC)

JOAC logo

Isle of Man

Isle of Man

People’s Postcode Lottery, Global Trust



Page updated 14 May 2019