Study: Jewish Charities in the U.K. Raise $1.43 Billion Annually

The 2,147 Jewish charities are second only to the 27,535 Christian charities, which have a combined income of $15.7 billion annually.

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Charity bins in Bnei Brak.
Charity bins in Bnei Brak.Credit: Eyal Toueg

The United Kingdom has 2,147 Jewish charities which raise some one billion pounds ($1.43 billion; 5.53 billion shekels) annually, according to a new study released on Friday.

The study, Faith Matters, was conducted by the New Philanthropy Capital think-tank. It found that Jewish charitable fund-raising was second only to that of the country's 27,535 Christian charities, which have a combined income of 11 billion pounds annually.

Third were the 2,054 Muslim charities, which raise some 500 million pounds annually.

In all, the U.K. has 50,000 faith-based charities with a combined annual income of 16.3 billion pounds, according to the study, which is part of a larger project on understanding the role and impact of religion in the voluntary sector.

Religious charities are responsible for raising nearly half of the money that goes to overseas foreign aid and to human rights, the study found. They are also responsible for almost 40 percent of the donations to anti-poverty causes.

Some 21,000 of the 50,000 faith-based charities are focused on education and training.

"Faith charities clearly have a vital role in the voluntary sector," said Rachel Wharton, Policy and Development Officer at NPC and one of the authors of Faith matters.

"They raise and spend billions of pounds a year to help millions of people, from international poverty work to food banks looking after people in the local community.'

Wharton noted that there were a number of surprises in the data, such as the reliance of some causes on faith charities. Nearly half the voluntary organizations protecting human rights and helping overseas development have religious roots, she said.

"This is essential work which reaches vulnerable people across the globe, and without faith charities that help would be in much smaller supply.

"Our work aims to understand the place faith charities occupy in the voluntary sector, so that we can support the charities which have the greatest impact."

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