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Local & National Government

Local Government

We put our data to work at city and regional level, to review the non-profit ecosystems in specific places. This allows us to answer questions such as:

  • How does the map of provision of non-profit suppliers match up against the total Gross Value Added (GVA) for a place?
  • What is the non-profit economy worth as a proportion of the GVA for a place? Is it above or below the national average of 0.9%?
  • What is the scale (number of organisations | total turnover) of non-profit activity in sectors such as Health | Social Care | Housing | Education | Culture & Leisure?
  • Which sectors are growing? Which are shrinking? Which are either contributing to, or using up, reserves? Which ones are using debt finance?
  • Where are grant funders and social investors most active? (We can analyse by sector | geography | IMD decile | turnover band.)
  • Are there particular areas where there is a high level of financial fragility | strongest financial resilience?
  • Are there anchor organisations whose financial position is worsening and where support may be needed to avoid losing them?

National Government

At a national level, we have aggregated data feeds of financial information from the Charity Commission, Companies House, Mutuals Register and 360Giving. That means you can look at all registered non-profits in a single place. This gives as complete a picture for the non-profit economy for England and Wales as can be achieved from public data sources. And as we have a longitudinal dataset, you can look at how the picture has changed over a number of years. This can be harnessed to answer questions such as:

  • How many non-profits are there nationally? How is this changing over time? What are the patterns in start-ups and closures?
  • What are the productivity levels in the non-profit economy, and how do they vary?
  • What is the annual value of charities' turnover by sector?
  • How is the financial health of non-profits changing over time? Are sectors becoming more financially robust or more fragile?
  • Which organisations are at greatest risk of financial failure in the coming 12-36 months?
  • How many organisations are operating in sectors such as Education | Culture | Social Services?
  • How does the balance of activity vary across the country? Are there particular hotspots and coldspots by region? For example, why are there no community energy businesses in Bradford, but a cluster in Bristol?
  • What is the financial health of organisations in a sector or region? What can we see in the patterns of organisations which make a profit (contribution to reserves) compared to those making a loss?
  • What are the patterns in the closure of non-profits, and what does this tell us about the health of sectors? For example, nurseries and pre-schools have much higher churn than religious organisations. Is this impacting the provision of services in a sector?