In this blog, we take a look the reports of falling charitable giving in Wales. Are they really accurate?
Recent research from the Community Foundation in Wales places Wales rock bottom of the charitable giving league table, with Wales having the lowest proportion of UK households that give to charity and the steepest decline in charitable giving by individuals in recent years.
But does this snapshot of information really tell the whole story?
Other research conducted suggests Wales is actually very generous. For instance, the CAF/NCVO Annual Giving Survey found that almost 60 per cent of the adult population in Wales gave to charity in 2010-11 – higher than the proportion of people in the UK who give, 54 per cent – while the total given by the Welsh public in the same time period was £439 million.
At WCVA, we believe that people in Wales give when they can. However times are difficult for everyone which could lead to people either giving less regularly or giving less money – but what the Welsh people have continued to give in abundance is time through volunteering. There are 978,460 volunteers in organisations in Wales, all part of a long tradition of voluntary or mutual action in the country, which WCVA has been supporting since its foundation in 1934 and which we are proud to assist and support to this day.
However, due to a shortfall in funds, many charities in Wales have been forced to cut back on the provision of services. WCVA is trying to help these organisations through the provision of fundraising training, advice and consultancy. And while we will do everything we can, it’s important that everyone does their bit to ensure that Wales’ vital – and cherished – charities are given the best opportunity they can to survive these harsh economic times.