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How we’re funded


Our income in 2019

Our income in 2018: pie chart
Income (£m) 2019 2018 2017
Committed giving

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

28.3 29.4 30.6
Appeals, individuals, and legacies

This includes income from legacies (e.g. Will Aid), emergency appeals (e.g. the 2019 Cyclone Idai), regular appeals, AidMatch appeals, Gifts in Action, general donations, payroll giving, events,, and any Gift Aid collected from these amounts.

8.6 8.5 7.0
Government and EU

This includes income in the form of grants from governments (e.g. the Department for International Development (DFID), the Dutch foreign ministry and EU agencies including ECHO and EuropeAid).

5.4 6.3 9.8
Trading income

This is income from the People’s Postcode Lottery and the sales of education packs.

2.9 2.8 2.7

This is income from the Disasters Emergency Committee.

1.7 1.3 2.6
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.

1.8 1.0



This includes rental income from subletting parts of our office building. 

0.4 0.3 0.0


Our institutional donors

We’re also really grateful to the many NGOs, trusts, companies and government or EU funders. Thank you!

These are 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

European Union

Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission (GOAC)

States of Guernsey logo

People’s Postcode Lottery, Global Trust

People's Postcode Lottery logo


Page updated 6 October 2020