The figures come from Dutch fundraising association’s annual sector survey of members, which provides an overview of developments in spend, income and support received in terms of donors and volunteers.
In total, the 146 participating charities spent €2.6 billion in 2017 on their cause. This was 7.7% more than in 2016 (equalling almost €186 million), and overall, 90% of total income was spent on the cause.
The breakdown of this spend shows that the biggest areas where income was directed were direct aid (service and assistance), purchase and management, information and awareness, research, and lobbying and advocacy. Money also went towards innovation, recreation and holidays, evangelism and education. Direct aid was the most important activity for all causes, with the exception of nature, environment & wildlife and health. Organisations in the health category spent more than half of the budget on research. Purchasing & management was the most important activity in nature, environment & wildlife.
All organisations, regardless of cause or size saw an increase in income, with the revenues of large international aid organisations rising the most at 9%.
Income from private individuals increased by 4% with gifts & donations by far the most important source of income, followed by legacies, which make up a quarter of this income source.
Compared with 2016, the number of members and donors rose by 3%. The largest increase was seen in organisations in the Welfare category, which also had the highest level of volunteers. International aid organisations had the most members and donors. .
146 of the association’s 167 members participated in the survey this year. International aid, human rights and welfare were the most highly represented causal areas. Data for the research was obtained through the CBF Supervisor of Charities.