Centre for Social Justice Report – Overlooked and Underfunded 

3 June 2024

Centre for Social Justice Report – new report on the case for supporting grassroots charities – Overlooked and Underfunded 

We would recommend reading this new report from the Centre for Social Justice. Not only because it is a well-researched description of the challenging situation facing local charities right now (and features the voices of several Yorkshire charities), but also because the chief executive of the Centre for Social Justice, Andy Cook, is one of our keynote speakers at the Yorkshire Funders’ conference on 19th June.

In the run up to the general election on 4th July, this report is a call for action for the incoming government.

Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite….

“When it comes to funding, 85 per cent of all charitable income in England and Wales goes to just 4 per cent of registered charities…. Today the gap between the charitable haves and have-nots is in danger of widening, as income for the small charity sector has declined by £4.6 billion, compared with an overall increase in funding of £4.5 billion for larger charities.” 

CSJ have analysed data from the Charity Commission, gathered data from government departments through Freedom of Information requests, and commissioned nationally representative polling to determine what the British public thinks about the charitable sector. This report follows CSJ’s 2023 series of 7 Big Listen events attended by over 400 small grassroots charities, where frontline organisations described how they were being overlooked and underfunded.

The report features several Yorkshire charities, like Noah’s Ark Centre in Halifax, Cat Zero in Hull, SNAPS Yorkshire, The Hinge Centre Bridlington, and Participate in Bradford.

Read it here