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Plan UK’s income and how it is used

A significant proportion of our income is from supporters who sponsor children. We also receive donations and grants. This income is used for our charitable work and to fundraise and run our charity.

For a detailed breakdown of Plan UK's income and how it is used, including information about our charitable work and its impact, please see our latest Trustees' Annual Report.

Plan UK income 2014/15
  Annual income 2015

Our income

In the year to 30 June 2015, our total income increased by 27 per cent against the previous year to reach over £80m for the first time. Our focus on increasing our expertise in disaster risk management meant that we were well placed to respond to emergencies in the year including the Ebola crisis in West Africa and the earthquakes that struck Nepal, receiving funding of £15.0m for disasters from DFID and others. We also experienced major growth in our development income. More details are given below.

Child sponsorship

Sponsorship is central to our work, providing long-term funding for community projects in the countries where we work. Last year, income from sponsorship was £18.5m and the total including Gift Aid from all individual givers was £22.8m or 28 per cent of our income. Find out more about the difference child sponsorship makes.

Institutional donors

Income from institutional donors was £39.6 million or 49 per cent of our income last year. In addition to the funding received in relation to our Ebola response, income for our development programmes increased significantly, with over £10 million being received in relation to our DFID-funded South Asia Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Results Programme (which reached nearly four million beneficiaries in the year).

Other donations and appeals

The funds and support that we receive from individuals and community groups enable us to make a difference to more children every year. Our supporters have donated generously to our emergency appeals, supported our Girls Fund projects, organised events, taken part in challenges and kindly left us legacy bequests. Last year, this support was £9.1m or 11 per cent of our income.

Corporations, trusts, and major donors

We’ve also continued to benefit from a number of large-scale corporate partnerships and long-term relationships with trusts and major donors, with £8.3m or 10 per cent of our income coming from these partners last year.

How our income was used

Annual expenditures 2015

Last year, 84 per cent of our income was used to fund our programme activities, supporting and delivering our development, disasters and campaigning work to improve the lives of children and their communities in the world’s poorest countries. The rest was spent on fundraising (nine per cent) to ensure we continue to bring in income to deliver our charitable work, and running our charity (six per cent), with an increase in our unrestricted funds (one per cent) to ensure that these are at an appropriate level as we grow, in line with our reserves policy.

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