Where your money goes

two girls painting at a children's centre
Find out where our money comes from and how we spend it

We appreciate all donations in support of our work helping England's most vulnerable children and young people.

Whatever the size of the donation, we manage your gift responsibly to ensure the maximum benefit for children. For example, more than 72p for every £1 we receive is spent directly on services to transform the lives of children and young people. 

The money we spend on fundraising is one of the best investments around. For every £1 spent, we raise £4.30 to help children and young people.*

More than 9400 volunteers a year help us make your donations go further. 

Where our money comes from and how we spend it

How we spent money in 2013-14:

  • Services to children: £29.4m
  • Trading, inc. shops: £6.8m
  • Fundraising: £5.9m
  • Campaigning, research and policy: £4.8m
  • Other: £0.3m

How we raised money in 2013-14:

  • Donations, legacies and grants: £25.4m
  • Central and local government: £15.1m
  • Trading, inc. shops: £8.1m
  • Investment and other income: £0.9m 

Some of the young people we support

The money we raise helps us support young people across the country. Here are just a few examples of young people sharing their experience of working with us.

Abby Irwin

Abby Irwin

Abby Irwin, a singer and young carer, sang the theme song for one of our Young Carers Festivals, an annual event we organise in Hampshire for the thousands of young carers across the country.

Read Abby's story, 'Singing at the Young Carers Festival was one of the most amazing experiences of my life'


A young man writing

A young man at a session led by Liam Mackin

Liam Mackin, a young man in who works with our programme in Leeds writes about helping four fellow young people with disabilities learn a wide range of skills.

Read Liam's story, 'The best day ever - I really hope we can do something like this again!'


Two young women, Romany and Ciara, with microphones

Romany and Ciara speaking about their song about young runaways

Romany and Ciara co-wrote an incredibly catchy song about young runaways. The tune focuses on the problems the young people face and the support they need.

Read Romany and Ciara's story and listen to their song: 'We hope that our song will open people's eyes about runaways'



* Please note that this figure excludes income and expenditure generated by retail activities. (Return to text.)

We fight for change, supporting disadvantaged children to have better lives.