Financial trends for UK-based INGOs

An analysis of Bond members’ income between 2006/07 and 2013/14

Bond

David Kane, Graham MacKay, Kathy Peach

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ensuring financial sustainability has always been an important task for senior leadership teams and boards. But as the development landscape changes and traditional sources of financing come under pressure, it has never been more challenging.

In support of Bond's programme of work to support senior leaders to develop future-fit business models, this reseach aims to develop a better understanding of the income profiles of UK-based INGOs, generate insight into their financial sustainability, and identify any trends associated with growth or decline in income. Understanding this is important grounding for any discussion of long-term sustainability.

Key findings

  • Unlike charities in the UK domestic sector, UK-based INGOs experienced sustained growth in income between 2006/07 and 2013/14.
  • Income from government has replaced individual donations as the largest overall source of income.
  • Large INGOs are doing best, picking up the majority of income growth from most sources.
  • Small INGOs are faring worst, with declining income across all sources.
  • Earned charitable and corporate income is a particular growth area for INGOs in the £2-5m and £5-20m segments.
  • INGOs in the £20m-£40m income segment are specialising in government contracts.
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