Mapping community-based financial charitable support for community hospitals in England and Wales: first findings

Document type
Working Paper
Kamerade, Daiga; Mohan, John
Third Sector Research Centre
Date of publication
1 July 2015
Working paper; 133
Health Services, Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This paper examines the financial support that local community groups and organisations provide to community hospitals and how that support varies between communities and types of institutions, using financial data from the Charity Commission Charity Register and from the organisations themselves. It also describes the challenges encountered when attempting to identify the charities supporting a particular institution or cause. The sample for this study is 239 community-based charities in England and Wales that directly support their local community hospitals. The study examines variations and trends in the likelihood that a hospital receives support through a formal organisational structure.The study found that in 2013 an average charity supporting community hospitals received an income of approximately £45,000. However there were large variations in the income and expenditure across charities: it could be anything from zero to half a million pounds. Most charities received only a modest income: half of the charities had an annual income of less than £18,000, and for three out of five that figure was under £25,000. The data suggest that the annual income of charities has significantly declined since 1995. This decline was most pronounced in 2011 and 2012.