Christian Aid’s income up by more than £12m last year

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Christian Aid’s income rose by more than £12m last year, mainly because of funds donated to support people affected by the war in Ukraine, figures show. 

The charity’s accounts for the year to the end of March, filed this week with Companies House, show total income reached £90.6m, up from £78.m in the previous year.

It is the first time Christian Aid’s income has increased since it reached £120.4m in 2018/19. 

Total income from donations rose to £65m, up by almost £13m on the previous year. 

This was mostly down to appeal income rising from £17.5m in 2021/22 to £29.6m last year. 

Legacy income also rose to £14.7m, up from £13.8m in the previous year. 

The accounts show the charity received £13.7m from the Ukraine appeal managed by the Disasters Emergency Committee, of which Christian Aid is a member. 

The charity also recorded a further £4.1m in income from its and the DEC’s appeals to support people affected by the Turkey-Syria earthquakes. 

But regular gifts fell by £300,000 to £12.5m, while income from the charity’s annual Christian Aid appeal dropped by £800,000 to £5m. 

The charity recorded total operational expenditure of £93.4m, meaning it reported a deficit of £2.8m over the course of the year. 

Total staff costs rose from £26.5m to £26.9 and the charity’s total headcount rose by nine to 762. 

In his introduction to the report, Patrick Watt, chief executive of Christian Aid, said: “Despite the economic headwinds last year, we saw our total income exceed £90m, due in part to an exceptional year in appeal income for Ukraine and Turkey-Syria, and better-than-expected institutional income, as we work to rebuild our funding base following UK aid cuts and the loss of EU funding opportunities.

“Looking ahead, we want to maintain a healthy balance between voluntary and institutional income: being an organisation that is principally funded by our supporters, while also pursuing strategically aligned funding that gives shape to our programmes in our focal areas of peacebuilding, climate adaptation and resilience, gender justice, and governance and rights.”

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