Charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises are integral to individuals and communities throughout Buckinghamshire. There are approximately 2,465 charities registered in Buckinghamshire (CharityBase, 2022) and 2,218 other civil society organisations (Community Impact Bucks, 2019) including social enterprises, voluntary groups, sports clubs and other ‘formal’ not for profits. It is hard to calculate the size of the the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector because many voluntary organisations and community groups are not registered with the Charity Commission, and do not need to publish reports or accounts, making data collection difficult. Of the charities that are registered in Buckinghamshire, most are small with an income of under £100,000 per year. There are also more charities registered per 1,000 residents in Buckinghamshire compared to England as a whole.
Some of this data has been gathered from funders in Buckinghamshire including the Rothschild Foundation, Heart of Bucks, Leap, Fairhive (formerly VAHT) and Red Kite. The Bucks Data Exchange hopes to continue gathering data from other Buckinghamshire based funders, to improve our understanding of funding and the charitable sector in the county.
This data shows the different methods of operation that registered charities in Buckinghamshire undertake. Charities can use a range of methods to deliver support to their beneficiaries and this chart does not necessarily reflect all the different types of work that charities do.
This chart shows where charities that benefit a specified local area in Buckinghamshire are based. Some registered charities, particularly smaller ones, have a local focus and specify the area that they seek to support, while other Buckinghamshire based charities operate nationally or internationally. Charities with a national and international focus are not included in this dataset.
This chart shows how the annual income of charities is distributed according to a range of income bands, giving an indicator of the size of registered charities in Buckinghamshire. The chart also contains comparative data on the proportion of registered charities that fall into the same income bands across England and Wales.
This chart shows the total number of grants given by some of the key charitable funders in Buckinghamshire to Buckinghamshire based organisations. It gives an indication of how active these grant makers are and how many different projects they have supported over the past few years.