The figure quoted for how many UK charities there are is usually about 165k, but that's completely wrong. This article provides the best statistics I can find on the different types and numbers of registered and unregistered charities, and also for the various types of social enterprises, and other non profits.
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The figure quoted for UK charity numbers, including by some recognised charity sector 'authorities', is usually about 165k. That's the number of charities registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales and, whilst nobody actually knows, the real figure is unquestionably far higher. Consequently, I thought it might be helpful to publish the Charity Excellence model and its main underpinning assumptions.
The total figure for UK non-profits is about 0.5 million, of which charities represent about 80%. I've not been able to calculate an error estimation, but think that 10% to 20% either way is probably not far off. Any input to update/improve the figures below would be very welcome.
|England & Wales||357,396|
|Total UK Charities||412,396|
|Total UK Non-Profits||488,731|
|Charity Commission E&W||167,396||Latest from search of CC register is 167,396, as at 23 Aug 20, but this figure doesn't include the 39,980 linked charities.|
|Exempt Charities||80,000||No-one really knows, David Ainsworth Civil Society 2015 article estimate 80k. Includes universities, housing associations, academy schools and museums.|
|Excepted Charities||9,999||Civil Society article 2015 – well over 10k. Includes churches, scout and guide groups, with income under £100k pa.|
|Unregistered charities||100,000||NAO Briefing July 2012 – below £5k threshold|
|Scotland||45,000||Estimated 45k voluntary organisations, half registered as charities, about 30k small community groups: 700 charities of £1+m. SCVO data source – 24k registered charities.|
|Northern Ireland||10,000||Oct 20 – 6.3k registered, but reported 7k to 11.5k|
|£0 to £10,000||206698||58%|
|£10,001 to £100,000||94874||27%|
|£100,001 to £500,000||36849||10%|
|£500,001 to £5,000,000||15400||4%|
|Social Enterprises||70,000||Social Enterprise UK State of the Sector Report 2015 - 70,000 social enterprises in the UK.|
|CICs||CIC regulator 17/18 annual report – 14,000 CICs.|
|CASCs||6,335||CASC info states 6335|
|Community Benefit Societies||FCA registered, benefits the community, may, or may not be a charity.|
|Cooperatives||Not a charity, exists for benefit of individual members. Includes credit unions. FCA registered. Estimated to be 7000.|
Here are the main assumptions in the model:
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