CAF Scotland Giving 2018

Scottish Charity Awards 2017 winner – Leading Light – Celine Sinclair, The Yard

Year of publication
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Insights into charitable giving and engagement in Scotland and how these trends in giving have changed over the past two years, based on a sample of 1,061 people in Scotland.
The key findings for Scotland Giving in 2018 are:
- £1.2 billion was donated by individuals in Scotland in 2017, up from £813 million in 2016, and accounting
for 11.8% of the UK total, with Scotland punching above its weight relative to its population size.
- There has been no increase in the proportion of people giving money to charity, with the increase in
donations driven by a small proportion of people giving more (mean donation increased from £36 in 2016
to £60 in 2017).
- The top 3 causes donated to were the same as 2016: children and young people, medical research and
animal welfare. Overseas aid and disasters relief had the largest increase year on year (20% vs 24%).
- Despite innovation in charitable giving over the years, cash remains the main way in which people give and
this has actually increased between 2016 and 2017.
- The proportion of people who took part in a charitable or social activity in 2017 has remained similar
to 2016.
- Social action through signing petitions and taking part in demonstrations remained high in 2017
suggesting increased engagement has become a trend.

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