How we raised and spent our money

As a result of the generosity of our donors and continued hard work from our staff and volunteers we were able to raise a record amount of £247.7 million in 2017.

This meant we could invest over £192 million in our work to improve the lives of people living with cancer, £18.8 million more than in 2016.

How we raised our money

Our superb supporters raised a record £247.7 million in 2017.

How we raised our money in 2017
How we raised our money in 2017

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Legacy income - £84.5 million

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

Donation income - £145.1 million

Local fundraising committees £4.5 million

Fundraising events £59.3 million

Corporate income £22.2 million

Philanthropy £6.8 million

General donations £13.7 million

Direct marketing £36.7 million

Donated services and facilities 1.9 million

Grant income - £0.8 million

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

Income from trading activities - £17.3 million

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

Total fundraised income £247.7 million

Investment income £5.0 million

Total income £252.7 million


How we spent our money

In 2017 we spent £192 million on services for people living with cancer, £18.8 million more than the year before.

How we spent our money in 2017
How we spent our money in 2017

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Healthcare - £79.0 million

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

Information and support - £27.5 million

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

Financial support - £31.5 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.

Practical and emotional support - £18.0 million

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

Learning and development - £5.3 million

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

Inclusion - £2.0 million

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

Campaigning and raising awareness - £28.7 million

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

Expenditure on charitable activities £192.0 million

Expenditure on raising funds £64.4 million

Total expenditure £256.4 million

Download our Institutional grants by value for 2017 [PDF]