Our expenditure explained

How we spent the money we received

This chart shows our spending in 2017.

Our total spending in 2017 was £276.1 million. For every £1 we spent, 93p was used for charitable activities and raising funds.

Our support costs were seven per cent and included overheads such as finance, human resources, IT, central management and governance.

This spending is essential to make sure our organisation runs efficiently and allows us to help as many people in crisis as possible.

Graph showing breakdown of British Red Cross total expenditure: fundraising and retail 19%, support costs 7% and charitable activities 74%.

Our charitable activities

Of the £220.9 million we spent on our charitable activities in 2017, £140.1 million was spent on supporting people in the UK.

This was split into areas such as crisis response, first aid, refugee support, and supporting people between home and hospital.

The remaining £80.8 million was spent on providing help overseas. 

We publish data on all our international grants on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) website. You can also read more about using IATI data

Graph showing breakdown of British Red Cross charitable spending: crisis response 21%, first aid education 10%, refugee support 8%, support between home and hospital 25%, and international 37%.

Where our funds come from

Our funds come from a variety of sources. This includes our charity shops, money left to us in wills and donations.

We also raise funds by providing services to support vulnerable people. This includes contracts with the NHS.

For a full breakdown of our income and expenditure, take a look at our annual report and accounts.

Graph showing British Red Cross income breakdown coming from donations 45%, retail 11%, legacies 11%, grants 12%, contracts and fees 19% and other 2%.

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