How we raised and spent our money

In 2016, as a result of the generosity of our donors, and the continued hard work from our staff and volunteers, we were able to raise an astounding £245 million. This meant we could invest over £170 million in our work to improve the lives of people with cancer, including funding more Macmillan professional posts than ever before.

How we raised our money

Our superb supporters raised £244.9 million in 2016; that’s £15.9 million more than the year before.

How we raised our money in 2016
How we raised our money in 2016

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Legacy income - £76.8 million

This is from people leaving a gift to us in their will.

Donation income - £156.4 million

Local fundraising committees £5.5 million

Fundraising events £61.8 million

Corporate income £24.2 million

General donations £19.7 million

Direct marketing £43.5 million

Donated services and facilities £1.7 million

Income from trading activities - £11.4 million

This includes income from our raffles and lotteries, fundraising committee sales and our online shop, licensing and other commercial activities.

Grant income - £0.3 million

This income comes from specific grants given to support Macmillan initiatives.

Total fundraised income £244.9 million

Investment income £2.5 million

Total income £247.4 million


How we spent our money

In 2016 we spent £173.2 million on services for people with cancer, £7.7 million more than the year before.

How we spent our money in 2016
How we spent our money in 2016

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Healthcare - £58.9 million

We fund and support a range of health and social care professionals.

Financial support - £40.4 million

We provide financial support to help people who are struggling with the cost of cancer, including through Macmillan grants, benefits advice and financial guidance.

Information and support - £25.1 million

We provide people with information to help them make important decisions about their treatment and care.

Campaigning and raising awareness -

£25.1 million

We campaign for changes to improve the lives of people with cancer and raise awareness of issues most important to them.

Practical and emotional support - £14.6 million

We help people find the emotional support they need and get help with the practical issues arising from cancer.

Learning and development - £6.3 million

This includes providing training opportunities for professionals, volunteers and people with cancer.

Inclusion - £2.8 million

We want everyone affected by cancer to feel supported, no matter who they are or where they live.

Expenditure on charitable activities £173.2 million

Expenditure on raising funds £72.4 million

Total expenditure £245.6 million

Download our Institutional grants by value for 2016 [PDF]