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How we’re funded

Where our money comes from and how we use it

We know it’s important to you that we’re completely open about where our money comes from and how we spend it.

For every £1 we spend, approximately:

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  • 58p comes from grants and fees
  • 22p comes from trading, including from our shops
  • 14p comes from donations, including gifts and wills
  • 6p comes from investments and property

For every £1 you donate, we spend approximately:

  • 91p on working with children and young people
  • 3p on governance and pension finance costs
  • the remaining 6p on raising the next £1

We use your money to support some of the most vulnerable children in the UK through our services, campaigns and research.

Our services support:

  • more than 75,000 children and young people through individual work
  • more than 14,000 through schools-based programmes
  • more than 182,000 through our children’s centres

Your money supports children like Joy

When we met eight-year-old Joy she was frightened, abused and neglected.

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Her parents weren't caring for her and she urgently needed help. She had special needs in every area of her life – she couldn't speak, so had no way of expressing her needs or feelings.

Barnardo's found her a foster family who love and care for her.

Joy’s life has been transformed.

The process of building up trust is slow, but each day she makes more progress. She's started to smile, take her foster mother’s hand when she feels afraid, and even give hugs and kisses.

Joy’s incredible progress means she can look forward to a truly happier future.

Campaigning and influencing

We also spend money campaigning to change policy and public opinion. For example, we campaigned successfully:

  • for extra support for young people leaving care
  • to tackle child sexual exploitation

Some of our spending goes on research. This gives us a better understanding of the challenges faced by children and young people, so we know how best to support them. We share what we learn with others, through a wide range of publications and other resources.

To find out more about the effect of our spending on the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families, see our latest impact report.

For more detailed information on our spending, see our latest annual report and accounts.