Charities earn four times UK average
JEWISH CHARITIES in England and Wales are raising more than £708 million a year, according to figures released by the Charity Commission this week.
This figure compares with £41.263 billion for charities nationally. Jewish charitable income is therefore equivalent to £2,720 for every Jewish person in England and Wales, compared to a national charitable average of £701 per head.
And although the number of Jews in Britain may have been falling, the number of Jewish charities has been rising: 120 Jewish charities have been registering with the commission every year over the past five years.
There are 2,351 Jewish charities on the commission’s books — one per cent of the total of 190,439 charities for England and Wales as a whole.
There are nine Jewish charities for every 100 Jews, compared with three charities per 1,000 people nationally.
The number of Jewish charities increased by more than a third over the last five years, with 600 new registrations. The commission does not have a breakdown of whether these are new organisations are private trusts.
But the total may be an underestimate, since only those which specifically list Jewish causes among their objectives would be counted by the commission.
Six per cent of Jewish charities — 141 — enjoy an annual income of £1 million or over (which may include state grants, as well as donations).
Forty per cent of Jewish charities have an income of under £10,000 a year; 30 per cent from £10,000 to £100,000; 12 per cent from £100,000 to £250,000; and 12 per cent from £250,000 to £1 million.
The publication of the data follows consultations with Jewish charities by the commission as part of a general move to improve understanding of faith-based groups.
One request made by representatives of Jewish charities was for the regulator to be “more proactive in speaking out against verbal and written antisemitic attacks on Jewish charities”.
The Charity Commission has changed its registration forms and guidance documents to approve charities working in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories”, it confirmed to the JC this week.
This was in line with Foreign Office terminology, said an official, and was “part of a wider redevelopment of our defined areas of operation. We have updated our local authority areas within England and Wales and extended the update to international areas of operation.”