The UK Giving Report tells the story of giving in 2022: the UK public’s generosity in response to the invasion of Ukraine in the first half of the year and of the impact of the subsequent cost-of-living crisis. And, worryingly, it suggests that levels of some charitable activity remain supressed from the pandemic.
Key findings: what did we learn?
- People in the UK gave £12.7 billion to charity in 2022 – A substantial increase from £10.7 billion in 2021
- Giving has still not recovered to pre-pandemic levels – Donation levels in 2022 were similar to those seen in 2021
- Volunteering levels have seen a sustained decline – Volunteer numbers are down 1.6 million compared to five years ago
- The cost-of-living crisis is impacting charitable giving. A quarter of people said they had changed their charitable behaviours, or were considering doing so.
- Animal welfare remains the most popular cause. Animal causes received 10% of the total £12.7 billion, with older donors most likely to support them