Where your money goes | ActionAid UK

Where your money goes

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters, we’re able to have a big impact on the lives of the women and girls we work with.

Our aim is to make sure your donations go as far as possible.

How we invested your money in 2017

In 2017 ActionAid in the UK spent £60.9m, 85% of which was on charitable activities (compared to 84% in 2016).

Our charitable activities include grants to the ActionAid Federation, emergency and humanitarian work, campaigning and policy influencing in the UK and overseas, and education work in the UK.

Take a look at the pie chart below to see the exact figures and the kinds of things we invest your money in.

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

Our expenditure in 2017

Area of expenditure (£m) %


6.8 11%
Programme work, including emergency and humanitarian response


45.2 74%
Support costs (running the organisation)


5.8 10%
Campaigning for change


3.1 5%
Total 60.9  



What you helped us achieve in 2017

Every day we hear incredible stories of how the lives of women and girls are changing for the better.

From women’s rights groups in Tanzania, to Rohingya refugees supported with life-saving aid in Bangladesh, every story of hope and success is made possible by your support.

Here are just a few examples of how your donations helped the most vulnerable women and girls in 2017. 


Page updated 14 May 2019