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- 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
- 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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