Our expenditure explained

How we spent the money we received

This chart shows our spending in 2019, which was £247.1 million.

Our support costs were nine 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.

Pie chart showing British Red Cross expenditure in 2019: Fundraising and retail excluding support costs - 19%; Support costs - 9%; Charitable activities excluding support costs - 72%.

Our charitable activities

We spent £197.5 million on our charitable activities in 2019.

In the UK, this was split into areas such as crisis response, first aid education, refugee support, and supporting people between home and hospital. The remaining funds were 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

A pie chart showing British Red Cross expenditure on our charitable work: Crisis response - 10%; First aid and crisis education - 10%; Refugee support and migration - 12%; Support between home and hospital - 30%; International  38%.

Where our funds come from

Our funds come from a variety of sources. This includes our charity shopsmoney 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.

Pie chart showing British Red Cross income in 2019: Donations - 33%; Retail - 12%; Legacies - 14%; Grants - 17%; Contracts and fees - 22%; Other - 2%.

Want to find out more about how we spend the money we receive?

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