The death of Claire Squires in the London marathon – and subsequent influx of donations to the Samaritans – have drawn attention to the size of Britain’s charities.
The money is a huge boost to the Samaritans, who raised £6.7m in the latest year available, 2010 – according to this data from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
CAF collects the data by interrogating the Charity Commission database. The figure for each charity is a full year’s data – but many organisations have different collecting periods.
While some charities have turnovers that would put a major company to shame, others have much more modest means.
The biggest charity on this list is the Gavi Alliance – which draws together major international bodies to fund immunsation programmes.
If you exclude Gavi, then the list is dominated by major health charities, such as Cancer Research UK and MacMillan; global development groups Save the Children, Oxfam and the British Red Cross; and animal charities such as the RSPCA and the RSPB. Humans, birds and animals gather together in the top 10.
The Samaritans are quite far down the list – and well below the Donkey Sanctuary, which received £18.5m – most of its income – in legacy giving from supporter’s wills.