Uncertainty has shrouded UK charities following the June 24, 2016 vote to exit the European Union. Early indications, however, indicate that the Brexit referendum has done little to affect giving – with Brits donating £9.7 billion in 2016, up slightly from £9.6 billion in 2015. The sum, when factoring in the margin for error, shows little or no change in giving. The figure lags behind 2010’s high-water mark of £11.6 billion, according to Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) report – CAF UK Giving 2017 – but is in-line with figures from recent years that have kept within the £10 billion range.
The giving survey started 2016 based on 1,000 quarterly, in-person surveys before transitioning into a monthly, online survey of 1,000 respondents each in May 2016. The rate of having given in the past four weeks averaged 33 percent post-Brexit, topping off at 41 percent in November. The giving rate in the month prior to Brexit was 30 percent. The report also showed that those who voted to remain in the EU were more likely to engage in charitable or social action (93 percent) than those who voted to leave (87 percent). Both groups were more likely to participate than those who did not vote (82 percent).
Overall, the median monthly amount given by a donor in 2016 was £18, while the mean was £40. Both figures were increases from 2015, which posted £14 and £37, respectively. The median gift topped out at about £20 in May, July, October, and December, according to the report, while falling to about £15 in June and November. The mean gift bottomed out at £33 in November, the month of greatest frequency of giving, and topped off at £49 in December. Geographically, Londoners provided the largest mean donation, £58, while those in Ulster had the lowest, £27.
Medical research organizations (26) percent were the most common type of charity to have been donated to in the four weeks leading up to a survey. Organizations whose missions center around animal welfare (25 percent), children and young