How we are funded

How we are funded

For every £1 that you donate, 74p goes directly into conservation work right here in Yorkshire- this means that money is invested in things like managing nature reserves, defending wildlife against poorly-planned development and inspiring people about wildlife.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust receives two main types of income: restricted (for specific projects) and unrestricted (for the ongoing delivery of our charitable objectives). It is important to distinguish between these two types of income. The vast majority of grant schemes restrict their funding and if we are successful in securing funding, we are completely restricted to spending it on the items as dictated by the funding contract. If we choose to spend the money on something else, we would be in breach of our contract and would have to return the money.

The Trust draws on a variety of funding sources to cover the costs of conservation projects, education and awareness work, and to manage our network of nature reserves.

Income for 2016-2017

Total income topped £5 million for the fifth year in a row, enabling us to manage over 3,000 hectares of land for wildlife and deliver many projects on land and sea in Yorkshire.

Unrestricted Income

This type of income is extremely important because the Trust can use it wherever the need is greatest to help protect local wildlife. Sources of unrestricted income include:

• Membership subscriptions from more than 40,000 individuals and over 70 local businesses
• Gifts in wills
• Donations in memory
• General donations
• Support from players of People's Postcode Lottery and Vine House Farm

During 2016-17 membership income increased by 1.7% to £1.14million. The Trust was also extremely fortunate to receive £0.6m in legacies and £0.22m of support from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Restricted Income

The Trust receives 90% of its restricted income from grant funders, public bodies and partner organisations; this is related to the delivery of specific projects. Sources of restricted funding include:

• National Lottery Heritage Fund and Big Lottery Fund
• Landfill Communities Fund
• Natural England
• Environment Agency
• Local Authorities

Restricted income is becoming increasingly difficult to secure, in part due to cuts in public sector funding but also because of increased competition. Restricted income fell by £0.5m to £2.3m in 16/17 (15/16: £2.8m), with the Trust’s proportion of total income from grants decreased to 42% of total income (2015/16: 54%).

Expenditure 2016/2017

The vast majority of our expenditure (74%) is on delivery of conservation for the benefit of wildlife, across our Living Landscapes and Living Seas. Of this, 28% goes on inspiring people through education and engagement which is critical to ensure the next generation values nature so that wildlife is conserved into the future.

We work hard to keep our fundraising costs to a minimum, spending just 9% of the budget this year on these activities.

• Our Living Landscapes work includes both conservation projects and nature reserve management, whereas our Living Seas work includes projects and campaigning.

• Inspiring and involving people includes education, events, communications and public affairs.

To run an organisation like this costs money, so some also goes into running costs. This includes expenditure on rent and property costs, providing IT to support our operations and vehicles to deliver our conservation activities.