Medical research is UK’s favourite cause

Posted on December 3, 2011 by


I just come across a survey commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation and NCVO on Thursday, UK Giving 2011, which looked at the UK’s charity-giving habits and found that the most popular cause people choose to support is medical research with over 11 million people giving on a monthly basis. It’s an interesting read also finding that more people are supporting charities but the average donation is down slightly so donations haven’t really risen in real terms since last year.

But the finding showing the popularity of medical research causes among donors echoes other surveys showing that people in the UK choose to give to medical research – in fact across the EU, the last Eurobarometer on science & technology survey conducted in 2010 found that the UK is second only to the Netherlands (70% versus 78%) in terms of the proportion of people choosing to donate money to fundraising campaigns for research. The Europe-wide figure is 39%. (More on this survey on Simon Denegri’s lay review here)


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